Budh Ashtami is an auspicious day for Hindu devotees that occurs when the ‘Ashtami’ tithi (8th day) falls on a Wednesday or ‘Budhwar’ in the traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Budh Ashtami can either occur during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the bright fortnight of moon) or during the ‘Krishna Paksha’ (the dark fortnight of moon) in a month. On this day, devotees worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati with full devotion and dedication. According to the Hindu legends it is believed that one, who keeps a fast on the day of Budh Ashtami, never goes to Hell, after death. Hindu devotees also observe the Budh Ashtami Vrat to seek the divine blessings for prosperity and wellbeing in their lives. Budh Ashtami Vrat is popularly observed in Gujarat, Maharashtra and northern states of India.

Next Budh Ashtami Vrat Date in 2021 : May 19 Wednesday

Ashtami Tithi Timing : May 19, 12:50 pm - May 20, 12:23 pm

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Rituals during Budh Ashtami Vrat:

  • On the day of Budh Ashtami Vrat, devotees worship Budha Graha and ask for His blessings.
  • Most of the devotees keep a fast on this day. Special ‘Naivedya’ is prepared and offered to Lord Budha. The observer of the Budh Ashtami Vrat can only eat this Prasad after finishing the puja rituals.
  • Devotees worship Lord Budha idol or his picture 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. Several rituals are then performed and people pray to appease Lord Budha with full love and affection. After puja, the ‘Naivedya’ is eaten and distributed among other devotees.
  • The Budh Ashtami Vrat must be performed 8 times continuously every year. In the final year, the gold or silver coin with the picture of Lord Budha is given away to a Brahmin. The observer of Budh Ashtami Vrat gains freedom from all his/her sins and also escapes from going to hell.
  • In some places, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are also worshipped on the day of Budh Ashtami.

Important Timings On Budh Ashtami Vrat

SunriseMay 19, 2021 5:48 AM
SunsetMay 19, 2021 6:58 PM
Ashtami Tithi BeginsMay 19, 2021 12:50 PM
Ashtami Tithi EndsMay 20, 2021 12:23 PM
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Significance of Budh Ashtami Vrat:

The untold glories of Budh Ashtami Vrat are stated in ‘Brahmanda Purana’ and other Hindu religious scriptures. It is a strong belief that the observer of the Budh Ashtami Vrat gains freedom from all his/her sins. Even the sins from pervious births are also redeemed by worshipping Lord Shiva and Parvati on this day with utmost fervour and zeal. The Budh Ashtami Vrat is also observed by those people inflicted with ‘Budh Grah Dosham’ as the outcome of puja and fasting on this day, pacifies the ill-effects of Budh Grah on the future.

All Budh Ashtami Vrat dates in 2021 and Ashtami Tithi Ends

January 6th
Wednesday
Sunrise : Jan 06, 7:13 AM
Sunset : Jan 06, 5:51 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins : Jan 06, 4:04 AM
Ashtami Tithi Ends : Jan 07, 2:07 AM
January 20th
Wednesday
Sunrise : Jan 20, 7:14 AM
Sunset : Jan 20, 6:01 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins : Jan 20, 1:15 PM
Ashtami Tithi Ends : Jan 21, 3:50 PM
May 19th
Wednesday
Sunrise : May 19, 5:48 AM
Sunset : May 19, 6:58 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins : May 19, 12:50 PM
Ashtami Tithi Ends : May 20, 12:23 PM
June 2nd
Wednesday
Sunrise : Jun 02, 5:44 AM
Sunset : Jun 02, 7:04 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins : Jun 02, 12:46 AM
Ashtami Tithi Ends : Jun 03, 1:13 AM
September 29th
Wednesday
Sunrise : Sep 29, 6:21 AM
Sunset : Sep 29, 6:12 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins : Sep 28, 6:17 PM
Ashtami Tithi Ends : Sep 29, 8:30 PM
October 13th
Wednesday
Sunrise : Oct 13, 6:26 AM
Sunset : Oct 13, 5:59 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins : Oct 12, 9:48 PM
Ashtami Tithi Ends : Oct 13, 8:08 PM

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