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Caption = Budha
Name = Budha
Devanagari = बुध
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Affiliation = Graha
God_of = Mercury
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Consort = Ila
Mount = Lion or chariot hauled by eight horses
of deep yellow colour
Planet = Mercury

In Hindu mythology, Budha (Sanskrit: बुध, not to be confused with Buddha) is the name for the planet Mercury, a son of Chandra (the moon) with Tara or Rohini. He is also the god of merchandise and protector of Merchants.

He is represented as being mild, eloquent and of greenish colour. He is represented holding a scimitar, a club and a shield, riding a winged lion in Ramghur temple. In other illustrations , he holds a sceptre and lotus and rides a carpet or an eagle or a chariot drawn by lions.. [Mythology of the Hindus By Charles Coleman p.133]

Budha presides over 'Budhavara' or Wednesday. In modern Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi,Kannada and Gujarati, Wednesday is called "Budhavara"; in Tamil and Malayalam it is "Budhan".

Budha married Ila, the daughter of Vaivasvata Manu and fathered a son Pururava.

In astrology

In Vedic astrology Budha is considered a benefic, unless he is joined with another malefic planet, in which case he becomes malefic also. Mercury rules over Mithuna (Gemini and Kanya (Virgo), is exalted in Kanya and in his fall in Meena (Pisces). Budha is friendly with the sun and Venus, hostile to the Moon and neutral towards the other planets. Budha represents intelligence, intellect, communication, analysis, the senses (especially the skin), science, mathematics, business, education and research. The written word and journeys of all types fall within his domain. Budha is lord of three nakshatras or lunar mansions: Ashlesha, Jyeshtha and Revati. Budha has the following associations: the color green, the metal brass and gemstone emerald. The direction associated with Budha is north, the season is autumn and the element is earth.

ee also

* Navagraha


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