By Swami Harshananda
Śukra literally means ‘the bright one’.
Śukra is one of the Nine Planets, the planet Venus. He is an auspicious deity very much interested in making people happy. He follows a course alternating in front of and behind Surya the Sun. He possesses a big chariot drawn by eight horses. In the sky he appears as the brightest planet. In the sky he appears as the brightest planet.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore