Budh Ashtami Vrat is observed when Ashtami tithi falls on a Wednesday. Devotees worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati with full devotion on this day and keep fast.
Budh Ashtami Vrat is popularly observed in Gujarat, Maharashtra and northern states of India.
Budh Ashtami Vrat November 2022 Date: November 16, Wednesday.
Ashtami Tithi Timing: November 16, 5:50 am – November 17, 7:57 am.
Rituals: On this day, devotees worship Budha Graha and seek blessings. They fast on this day.
Special ‘Naivedya’ is prepared and offered to the deity. The vrat observer can only eat this Prasad after finishing the puja rituals.
The devotees worship the picture of the deity inscribed on the gold or silver coin. A ‘kalash’ filled with water is kept at the place of worship and an unpeeled green coconut is placed atop.
After puja, the ‘Naivedya’ is eaten and distributed among other devotees.
It is advised to observe Budh Ashtami Vrat 8 times continuously every year. In the final year, the gold or silver coin with the picture of Lord Budha is given to a Brahmin.
In some places, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are also worshipped on the day of Budh Ashtami.