Those devotees who undertake a fast on the day only take a single meal in the afternoon. The fasting is observed mainly by husband and wife together. Green color is considered highly auspicious on the day.In Astrology, mercury is considered to be compassionate and generous. Mercury is usually depicted riding a lion.In some regions, people start new ventures on Wednesday as Mercury or Budh is considered to help new business ventures. Educational activities begin on Wednesday in some places.
Planet Budh is known as planet Mercury too.Lord Budh has four hands. Sword, Thaal, Gada and Varmudra are seen in his hands. Lord Budh has golden crown on his head and wears ornaments of yellow flowers and yellow clothes. According to the Atharv Ved, Budh was born to Chandrama and Tara. Since the child was very intelligent, Lord Brahma gave the name Budh to him. According to one story of Mahabharat, King Manu got married his daughter Ila to Budh Dev. King Pururva was son of Ila and Budh. According to Sreemad Bhagwat, the place of Budh Grah is higher by 2 lakh Yojan than Shukra Grah. Normally, Budh Grah is associated with good things. But when it crosses the way of Surya Grah, there is a possibility for Strong Wind (Cyclone), Flood and Drought. According to Matsyapuran, Budh Grah is yellow in colour, The Rath is white in colour and is glowing with bright light, drove by ten speedy horses. Budh Grah is the Lord of Mithun and Kanya rashi.
Budh Pooja is recommended to reduce the tribulations caused due to malefic position of MERCURY in the horoscope.
Budh Puja is to appease the planet Mercury. Budh Puja is very useful & beneficial puja, since it’s worship strengthens benefic Mervury & increases its positive influence and pacifies malefic effects of the planet & neutralizes its negative effect. Budh Puja is recommended for those having malefic Budh or wrong placed Bhudh as per horoscope.
The planets are to propitiated against their evil influences, to ward off them, the Budh Puja is done with faith to ward off all evils of Budh as per the horoscope.
Once there was a newly wed. On a Sunday, he went to his father-in-laws house to take his wife with him. It was the first time after marriage. He was welcomed by the in-laws and was provided with best food and bedding. His wife’s friends cut jokes with him. He enjoyed their jokes and conversation. He forgot the outside world as he enjoyed the hospitality offered to him by his wife’s younger brothers and sisters.
Monday and Tuesday were spent in other pastimes. It was now Wednesday. He told his mother-in-law, I have an urgent piece of work today. You send your daughter with me immediately. But today is Wednesday. Mercury is not favorable to girls on Wednesday. It is considered inauspicious sending daughters in their in-laws house. I shall not send my daughter today, said the mother-in-law.
I do not care for the Mercury. He cannot harm me. Wednesday is very favorable for the businessmen like me. I have also very urgent piece of work at home, said the son-in-law. The mother-in-law said. You came here on Sunday. Monday was your hospitality day. The guest should enjoy only one day’s hospitality. You have over-stayed. This is not our fault. How could we ask you to go away on Tuesday? It was for you to decide. Now, please go tomorrow for heaven sake.
The son-in-law was adamant. He insisted on leaving the same day. The in-laws read his mood and agreed to send their daughter with him. They arranged a chariot for the couple. Soon, the couple reached near a township. The girl was thirsty. She said to her husband, I am very thirsty. Please arrange some water for me. The husband agreed and went towards the township. Another young man resembling her husband brought water for her. She could not distinguish between the two. She took him for her husband and had a good chat with him.
In the meanwhile, her real husband appeared on the scene. He was surprised to see his wife chatting and cutting jokes with someone else. He was annoyed at her conduct. The wife also felt bemused when she saw the like of her husband standing with a water pot in his hand. Both the males quarreled among themselves and claimed the lady as their wife. Incidentally a constable came there and wanted to know what the matter was. He said to the lady, who is your real husband?
The lady said, I am in a fix myself. They resemble each other so much. The real husband felt sorry. He remembered his mother-in-laws words. The constable took them to the king and told the whole story. The king asked his minister to administer justice. The minister said to the constable, it is late evening. Lock them up in separate cells. Arrange strict night watch. I will give my judgment tomorrow.
All the three were locked up in separate cells. It was dead of night. Mercury had a Sound sleep. The real husband was very restless. He was repentant. He uttered loudly; I am suffering for my pride and disobedience to my in-laws. Oh God, forgive me this time. The guards were marking all these uttering. The next morning the minister sent for the guards. The guards related one of the youngmen’s behaviors.
The minister said, the man who had a restless night is the real husband. His wife should be restored to him. He should be freed. Produce the second person in my court. The guards went to the prison cell. They set free the real husband and his wife. They were happy to be together again. The guards went to the other young man. His cell was empty though locked from outside. They reported the matter to the minister. He was astonished to know that the cell was empty though locked from outside. He went to the senior minister and related the whole story.
The senior minister smiled and said the missing prisoner is Mercury. Mercury rules on Wednesdays. This man challenged Mercury’s authority. He felt offended and disguised himself as her husband to teach him a lesson. Today Is Thursday. Jupiter rules on Thursdays. Mercury disappeared exactly at sunrise. Don’t be afraid. The guards are not at fault.
The king was happy over his minister’s judgment. The husband and wife reached home and related the whole story to their near and dear ones.
Benefit from Vrat:
If you are suffering by Skin desease or if you stutter or if you have trouble with langaugae or pronounciation, this is the best Vrat(fats).
Hindu devotees who fast on Wednesdays take a single meal in the afternoon. The ritual fast, i.e., ‘vrat’ or ‘upvaas,’ is observed by couples – the husband and the wife together. ‘Budhvar Upvaas’ or Wednesday Fastis believed to be auspicious for leading a peaceful family life. People start new business or enterprise on Wednesdays as the planet Mercury or Budh is believed to augment new projects. This day is also lucky for students and they pray for success in education.
Budhwar (Wednesday) Vrat Katha (Story) : बुधवार व्रत कथा
Budhwar or Wednesday is the day to worship lord Krishna, also known as Yugal Kishore and Planet Mercury. Budhwar is the day of Lord Budha (Budhan) or Planet Mercury – one of the Navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu astrology.
बुद्धवार व्रत विधि
ग्रह शांति तथा सर्व-सुखों की इच्छा रखने वालों को बुद्धवार का व्रत करना चाहिये. इस व्रत में दिन-रात में एक ही बार भोजन करना चाहिए. इस व्रत के समय हरी वस्तुओं का उपयोग करना श्रेष्ठतम है. इस व्रत के अंत में शंकर जी की पूजा, धूप, बेल-पत्र आदि से करनी चाहिए . साथ ही बुद्धवार की कथा सुनकर आरती के बाद प्रसाद लेकर जाना चाहिये. इस व्रत का प्रारंभ शुक्ल पक्ष के प्रथम बुद्धवार से करें. 21 व्रत रखें. बुद्धवार के व्रत से बुध ग्रह की शांति तथा धन, विद्या और व्यापार में वृद्धि होती है.
बुद्धवार व्रत कथा – Budhwar Vrat Katha
एक समय एक व्यक्ति अपनी पत्नी को विदा करवाने के लिये अपनी ससुराल गया. वहां पर कुछ दिन रहने के पश्चात् सास-ससुर से विदा करने के लिये कहा. किन्तु सबने कहा कि आज बुद्धवार का दिन है आज के दिन गमन नहीं करते हैं. वह व्यक्ति किसी प्रकार न माना और हठधर्मी करके बुद्धवार के दिन ही पत्नी को विदा कराकर अपने नगर को चल पड़ा. राह में उसकी पत्नी को प्यास लगी तो उसने अपने पति से कहा कि मुझे बहुत जोर से प्यास लगी है. तब वह व्यक्ति लोटा लेकर रथ से उतरकर जल लेने चला गया. जैसे ही वह व्यक्ति पानी लेकर अपनी पत्नी के निकट आया तो वह यह देखकर आश्चर्य से चकित रह गया कि ठीक अपनी ही जैसी सूरत तथा वैसी ही वेश-भूषा में वह व्यक्ति उसकी पत्नी के साथ रथ में बैठा हुआ है.
उसने क्रोध से कहा कि तू कौन है जो मेरी पत्नी के निकट बैठा हुआ है. दूसरा व्यक्ति बोला कि यह मेरी पत्नी है. इसे मैं अभी-अभी ससुराल से विदा कराकर ला रहा हूं. वे दोनों व्यक्ति परस्पर झगड़ने लगे. तभी राज्य के सिपाही आकर लोटे वाले व्यक्ति को पकड़ने लगे. स्त्री से पूछा, तुम्हारा असली पति कौन सा है. तब पत्नी शांत ही रही क्योंकि दोनों एक जैसे थे.
वह किसे अपना असली पति कहे. वह व्यक्ति ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करता हुआ बोला – हे परमेश्वर, यह क्या लीला है कि सच्चा झूठा बन रहा है. तभी आकाशवाणी हुई कि मूर्ख आज बुद्धवार के दिन तुझे गमन नहीं करना था. तूने किसी की बात नहीं मानी. यह सब लीला बुद्धदेव भगवान की है. उस व्यक्ति ने तब बुद्धदेव जी से प्रार्थना की और अपनी गलती के लिये क्षमा मांगी. तब बुद्धदेव जी अन्तर्ध्यान हो गए. वह अपनी स्त्री को लेकर घर आया तथा बुद्धवार का व्रत वे दोनों पति-पत्नी नियमपूर्वक करने लगे. जो व्यक्ति इस कथा को श्रवण करता तथा सुनाता है उसको बुद्धवार के दिन यात्रा करने का कोई दोष नहीं लगता है, उसको सर्व प्रकार के सुखों की प्राप्ति होती है.
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Budhwar Vrat Katha, बुधवार व्रत कथा, Wednesday Weekly Fast story in Hindi text. This fast is dedicated to planet Budh or Mercury.