Brhaspati also known as Deva-guru, is a Hindu god and a Vedic deity. He is considered the personification of piety and religion, and the chief `offerer of prayers and sacrifices to the gods` with whom he intercedes on behalf of humankind. He is the guru of the Devas and the nemesis of Shukracharya, the guru of the Danavas. He is described as of yellow or golden color and holding the following divine attributes: a stick, a lotus and beads. He presides over `Guru-var` or Thursday.In astrology, Bṛhaspati is the regent of Jupiter and is often identified with the planet.
Brhaspati is the son of Rishi Angiras according to the Rig Veda and Surupa according to the Shiva Purana. He has two brothers named Utathya and Samvartana, and has three wives. His first wife, shubha, gave birth to Bhanumati, Raaka, Archishmati, Mahamati, Mahishmati, Sinivali, and Havishmati, his seven daughters. His second wife, Tara, gave birth to seven sons and a daughter. Through Brahspati`s third wife, Mamata, he had two sons, Kacha and Bharadwaja.
Bṛhaspati attained the position of preceptor of the Devas by performing penances on the banks of Prabhas Tirtha. Lord Shiva granted him this position, as well as his position as one of the Navagrahas (Nine Planets).
There is a wide debate whether Kacha was Bṛhaspati`s offspring or his brother. But the Mahabharata states that Kacha was his brother. All Brahmins belonging to the Bharadwaja Gotra are believed to be his descendants.