Vrat Katha बुधवार व्रत कथा (Wednesday)
BUDH or MERCURY is considered as the greatest among the wisest. It is the
closest planet to sun and it is the smallest in the solar system. This Devata
bestows wisdom and wealth etc. on his devotees. A prayer to Him, especially on
Wednesdays brings in manifold benefits like removal of all obstacles, helps one
to get a progeny, possession of fertile lands etc.
Once there was a newly-wed. On a Sunday, he went to his father-in-laws house to
take his wife with him. It was the first time after marriage. He was welcomed by
the in-laws and was provided with best food and bedding. His wife's friends cut
jokes with him. He enjoyed their jokes and conversation. He forgot the outside
world as he enjoyed the hospitality offered to him by his wife's younger
brothers and sisters.
Monday and Tuesday were spent in other pastimes. It was now Wednesday. He told
his mother-in-law, I have an urgent piece of work today. You send your daughter
with me Immediately. But today is Wednesday. Mercury is not favorable to girls
on Wednesday. It is considered inauspicious sending daughters in their in-laws
house. I shall not send my daughter today, said the mother-in-law.
I care a fig for the Mercury. He cannot harm me. Wednesday is very favorable for
the businessmen like me. I have also very urgent piece of work at home, said the
son-in-law. The mother-in-law said. You came here on Sunday. Monday was your
hospitality day. The guest should enjoy only one days hospitality. You have
over-stayed. This is not our fault. How could we ask you to go away on Tuesday?
It was for you to decide. Now, please go tomorrow for heavens sake.
The son-in-law was adamant. He insisted on leaving the same day. The in-laws
read his mood and agreed to send their daughter with him. They arranged a
chariot for the couple. Soon, the couple reached near a township. The girl was
thirsty. She said to her husband, I am very thirsty. Please arrange some cold
water for me. The husband agreed and went towards the township. Another Youngman
resembling her husband brought water for her. She could not distinguish between
the two. She took him for her husband and had a good chat with him.
In the meanwhile, her real husband appeared on the scene. He was surprised to
see his wife chatting and cutting jokes with someone else. He was annoyed at her
conduct. The wife also felt bemused when she saw the like of her husband
standing with a water pot In his hand. Both the males quarrelled among
themselves and claimed the lady as their wife. Incidentally a constable came
there and wanted to know what the matter was. He said to the lady, Who is your
The lady said, I am in a fix myself. They resemble each other so much. The real
husband felt sorry. He remembered his mother-in-laws words. The constable took
them to the king and told the whole story. The king asked his minister to
administer justice. The minister said to the constable, It is late evening. Lock
them up in separate cells. Arrange strict night watch. I will give my judgment
All the three were locked up in separate cells. It was dead of night. Mercury
had a Sound sleep. The real husband was very restless. He was repentant. He
uttered loudly, I am suffering for my pride and disobedience to my in-laws. Oh
God, forgive me this time. The guards were marking all these uttering's. The
next morning the minister sent for the guards. The guards related one of the
The minister said, The man who had a restless night is the real husband. His
wife should be restored to him. He should be freed. Produce the second person in
my court. The guards went to the prison cell. They set free the real husband and
his wife. They were happy to be together again. The guards went to the other
Youngman. His cell was empty though locked from outside. They reported the
matter to the minister. He was astonished to know that the cell was empty though
locked from outside. He went to the senior minister and related the whole story.
The senior minister smiled and said, The missing prisoner is Mercury. Mercury
rules on Wednesdays. This man challenged Mercury's authority. He felt offended
and disguised himself as her husband to teach him a lesson. Today Is Thursday.
Jupiter rules on Thursdays. Mercury disappeared exactly at sunrise. Don't be
afraid. The guards are not at fault.
The king was happy over his ministers judgment. The husband and wife reached
home and related the whole story to their near and dear ones.