About Wednesday Fasting, Budhvar Vrat, and its Significance
What is the importance of Wednesday?
Wednesday is the mid-week day, the 4th day of the week, if we take Sunday as the 1st day of the week. However, some refer to Wednesday as the 3rd day of the week, where we take the week starting from Monday.
As each of the days of the week is dedicated to a planet or a celestial body, each day is also dedicated to a particular deity. Wednesday is dedicated to the planet Mercury, and the God of Mercury – Budhha. Lord Ganesha is also worshipped on Wednesdays.
How did Wednesday come into being?
The name Wednesday came into being from ancient times. In many cultures like Roman, Indian, etc, Wednesday was derived from Mercury Lord. In many languages, Wednesday is named after the planet Mercury, e.g., BudhVar in Hindi, Mercurii in Latin, Mercredi in French, Mercoledi in Italian etc. Budh means the planet Mercury.
The English word Wednesday is named after God Woden, and is traced in its origin to Germany.
What is the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat about?
Wednesday fast or Budhvar Vrat is observed by many natives in worship to the God of Mercury, Lord Buddha and also Lord Ganesha, Natives keep the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat to please Lord Ganesha and his favorability and auspiciousness.
Who should observe the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat?
Any native can observe the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat. However, Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat is particularly advised by Priests and Astrologers for those persons with weak, ill-placed or malefic planet Mercury in their horoscope birth chart, Janam Kundli.
The planet Mercury is associated with words like intelligence, wisdom, mind, thought process, mental development, IQ, wealth, career growth, business growth, happiness etc. Keeping Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat can be auspicious in these areas, Worship to Lord Ganesha, observing the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat favors these factors. Lord Ganesha is also worshiped to remove obstacles.
How to observe the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat?
Some of the ways on how Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat is observed:
• Chant the Budh, Mercury Mantra for 108 times continuously
• Some natives who observe the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat, eat one meal in the day
• The meal should be prepared without salt
• Green or shades of green-colored clothes can be worn on Wednesday
• Flowers can be offered to Lord Ganesha idol or at the Lord Ganesha temple
• Paste mixture can be applied on the forehead like a Tika, Tilak mark
• Fruits, juices without salt, water consumption is generally allowed
When is the ideal time to start the Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat?
The best time regarded to start Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat is the first Wednesday falling in the Shukla Paksha of any lunar month. Shukla Paksha is the rising-waxing moon phase in the lunar month’s fortnight. The Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat should be kept for a minimum and continuous 5 months’ Wednesdays or 21 Wednesdays. A Priest or Astrologer can be consulted.
What is the connection of Astrology and Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat?
Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, and is a fast-moving planet. Mercury takes just 88 Earth days to complete one revolution around the Sun.
In Astrology, Mercury signifies intelligence, wisdom, mind, thought process, mental development, IQ, wealth, career growth, business growth etc. Keeping Wednesday fast, Budhvar Vrat can be auspicious in these areas. The day of Wednesday is dedicated to planet Mercury. And planet Mercury is associated with Lord Ganesha,
Mercury rules two signs – Gemini and Virgo. Mercury is Lord of the birth chart Houses 3rd and the 6th. Mercury is also exalted in Virgo. Mercury is debilitated in Pisces. The relation, wellbeing, happiness etc of sisters is seen with Mercury’s placement-positioning in the horoscope birth chart.
A Mantra for Mercury is -
Om Budhaya Namah
ॐ बुधाय नम:
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Date Published : 06 Aug 2019