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Budha - The Mercury

In Hinduism, Budha is the name of the planet, Mercury. He is considered to be the most intelligent of all the deities among Navagrahas.

Budha is said to be the son of Chandra and Rohini, according to Linga Purana. But in other puranas like Vishnu Purana, Brahma Purana, Vayu Purana, Harivansha Purana, Devi Bhagavatha, Bhagavatha Purana, and other holy scriptures, Budha was born as the result of seduction of Tara, who was Brihaspathi's wife, by Chandra. As Budha is the son of Chandra, he is also known as Saumya. Budha is said to spring from the rays of the lunar deity. But Budha is always in conflict with his father, Chandra. This is because he feels that Chandra seduced Tara, illegally by tricking her. Budha's wife is Ila, who is the daughter of Manu and they have a son called Pururava. Budha is lord of three nakshatras - Ashlesha, Jyeshtha, and Revati.

Budha is personified as a well-built, mild, eloquent, witty, and humorous deity who is green in color. He holds a sword with a curved blade and a lotus. He usually rides a carpet or an eagle or a chariot driven by lions. Budha is also known as Buddhi Karaka.

Astrologers state that the intelligence of a person depends on the strength of Budha in one's horoscope. Budha symbolises the thinking capacity, communication, learning, language, youth, childhood, friends, and sports. Even though Budha is said to initiate learning, he can also produce duality in one's mind by inducing conflictions. Budha is responsible for analytical and rational thinking. He is also known as the protector of merchants and traders. Budha can also bring lots of luck to sports people, artists, and actors/actresses.

The nature of Budha usually depends on the accompanying grahas. Based on that, he can have positive or negative effects on a person. Budha can bring out a mathematician, editor, publisher, or a trader in you. At the same time, he can bring out the gambling, stealing, and cheating too.

In a horoscope, if Budha is dominant, then it indicates good spoken skills, good written skills, and quick learning ability. He could bring about a bit if immaturity in the person. He helps the person to negotiate and to make good deals.

Budha normally rules over two rashis, Mithuna and Kanya. He is at the highest point in Kanya and is at the lowest in Meena. Budha is said to be friendly with the Sun and the Venus. At the same time, he is said to be hostile towards Chandra, the Moon.

The health points that Budha affects are skin, lungs, throat, arm, nervous system, and memory. Ayurveda classifies the constitution of Budha as Vata.

Some of the ailments that can result in case of Budha being weak are vertigo, fractures, typhoid, stammering, leprosy, and so on.

Brass is the metal associated with Budha. Wednesday is the day of Budha. Emerald and Green Tourmaline are the gem stones recommended for Budha. Urad dal is the food grain connected with Budha.

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