Observing Wednesday fast increases the intellectual development of a person. And, the fast of Wednesday is also observed to get the auspicious results of the Mercury planet. Additionally this fast fulfills the desires and give wealth and happiness. After performing the fast, it is must to hear the fast story. All sorts of problems are removed on observing this fast and all wishes of life can be fulfilled.
Beginning of Wednesday fasting should be done from first Wednesday of Shukla Paksha of any month. This fast is kept continuously for 21 Wednesdays. Observing this fast increase wealth, wisdom and profit in business. On the day of fast, after bathing green colored clothes should be wore. And, in early morning, Lord Bhud (mercury) should be worshiped. After this Vishnu Sahastrnaam should be read.
Person observing this fast should wake up before sunrise. Then he should clean the house. After this, he should complete his routine work like bathing etc. Later on he should purify the whole house by sprinkling Ganga Jal. In case of no Ganga Jal, any water from some holy river can be used.
In a peaceful place of Ishan Kon (North-East direction) of house, an idol of Lord Budh or Shankar, else a picture in a utensil of pewter should be placed. After placing the picture or idol, perform the Puja with incense stick, Bel leaves, Akshat and lamp of ghee. After that, the following mantra should be chanted and Budh Dev should be worshiped.
बुध त्वं बुद्धिजनको बोधद: सर्वदा नृणाम्।
तत्वावबोधं कुरुषे सोमपुत्र नमो नम:॥
After fasting the whole day, in the evening, once again Lord Budh is worshiped and Vrat Katha is heard. Then the Aarti should be performed. After sunset, Lord should be offered incense sticks, Deep, jaggery, Bhat (boiled rice), curd and then, Prasaad is distributed. At last the Prasadam is self eaten.
Observing the fast of Wednesday increases the wisdom of the person. To earn profit in business as well, this fast is observed. This fast reduces the obstacles in the business area. Apart from this, people in whose Kundali Mercury is not able to give favorable results should observe this fast. This fast is beneficial for the ones in whose Kundali, Mercury is the Lord of inauspicious house.
On this day, after Puja of Lord, Budh Dev should be worshipped with items of green color. In the evening after concluding the fast, as per the capacity the Brahmans should be gifted meal and alms. The person observing fast should have meal only once. Vrat should not be left in the middle. And, a person should not get up in the middle of listening Katha. Also, Prashad of fast must be eaten
A person named Madhusudan used to live in Samtapur Nagar. He was very rich. He was married to a beautiful and virtuous girl, Sangita of Balrampur. Once Madhusudan went to Balrampur on Wednesday to take his wife.
He asked the parents of his wife to do farewell of Sangita. Parents said “ Child today is Wednesday. Traveling for any auspicious work is not done on Wednesday.” But Madhusudan did not listen. He told that he did not believed in auspicious or unfavorable things. After lot of insisting, parents of Sangita had to do their farewell forcefully.
Both started their journey in a bullock cart. After covering a short distance, wheel of there cart broke down. From there, they started traveling by foot. In the way, Sangita felt thirsty. Madhusudan made her sit under and tree and went to bring water.
When Madhusudan came back with water, he was surprised to see a man of his face sitting near his wife. Sangita was also shocked looking at him, there was no difference in both of them.
Madhusudan asked that person “who are you and why are you sitting with my wife?” Man replied “Brother, this is my wife Sangita. I have brought her from my parents-in-laws house. But, who are you to ask me such a question?”
Madhusudan almost shouted and said “You are definitely a thief or a swindler. She is my wife Sangita. I had made her sit under the tree and went to bring water.” Hearing this, the man said “O brother, you are lying. When Sangita was feeling thirsty, I went to bring water. I have already given her water. Now you be quiet and leave from here. Otherwise, I will call some soldier and get you caught.”
Both started fighting. Seeing them fighting many people gathered there. Some soldiers also came there. They caught the two men and took them to the king. After listening to the whole story, king also could not decide anything. Sangita was not able to identify her husband out of the two.
King said to put them both in prison. On the decision of king, the original Madhusudan got scared. Then a voice came from sky saying “Madhusudan ! You did not listen to the words of Sangita’s parents and made a departure on Wednesday. This all is happening due to the wrath of Budhdev.
Madusudan prayed to God Budhdev. He said “O Lord Budh Dev, please forgive me. I committed a big mistake, I will never do any travelling on Wednesday. And, every Wednesday I will observe your fast.”
On praying, Lord Budh Dev forgave him. Immediately, his duplicate vanished from that place. King and other people got puzzled looking at this miracle. By this grace of Budh Dev, king did an honourable farewell of Madhusudan and his wife.
After walking some distance, they got the bullock cart, on their way. The broken wheel of the cart was repaired. Both sat in that and went to Samtapur. Both Madhusudan and Sangita started observing the fast of Wednesday and started spending their life happily.
By the blessing of Lord Budh Dev, there home was full of wealth and happiness. Observing the fast of Wednesday, fulfills all desires of men and women. And, person who observe this fast don’t face any problem in travelling on Wednesday for some important work.
Aarti Yugalkishor Ki Kijiye | Tan Man Dhan Nayochawar Kijiye ||
Gorshyam Mukh Nirkhan Lijiye | Hari Ka Rup Nayan Bhari Pijiye ||
Ravi Shashi Koti Badan Ki Shobha | Tahi Nirkhi Mero Mann Lobha ||
Odhe Neel Peet Pat Sari | Kunjbihari Girivardhari ||
Fulan Sej Phul Ki Mala | Ratan Singhasan Baatai Nandlal ||
Kanchan Thar Kapoor Ki Baati | Hari Aae Nirmal Bhai Chati ||
Sri Purushotam Girivardhari | Aarti Kare Sakal Nar Nari ||
Nandnandan Brijbhan Kishori | Parmanand Sawami Avichal Jori ||
आरती युगलकिशोर की कीजै। तन मन धन न्योछावर कीजै॥
गौरश्याम मुख निरखन लीजै। हरि का रूप नयन भरि पीजै॥
रवि शशि कोटि बदन की शोभा। ताहि निरखि मेरो मन लोभा॥
ओढ़े नील पीत पट सारी। कुंजबिहारी गिरिवरधारी॥
फूलन सेज फूल की माला। रत्न सिंहासन बैठे नंदलाला॥
कंचन थार कपूर की बाती। हरि आए निर्मल भई छाती॥
श्री पुरुषोत्तम गिरिवरधारी। आरती करें सकल नर नारी॥
नंदनंदन बृजभान किशोरी। परमानंद स्वामी अविचल जोरी॥