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Food Offering To Navagraha Budh – Mercury God In Hinduism

Budh, the Mercury God in Hinduism, is one of the Navagrahas – the nine celestial bodies. The navagrahas are propitiated for overcoming bad luck in life and to solve horoscope related problems. Food offering or bhog or naivedya to Budha is part of the pujas and rituals. The details regarding flowers, food offerings, herbs, etc to Budh are found in the Matsya Purana.

The main food offering to Budha is cooked rice and milk. Any sweet offering made from green moong dal sprinkled with green leaves is the ideal bhog or naivedyam to Budha.

The color associated with Budha or Budh is green, the flowers offered are white kandhai or kandhal (glory lily) and agnishikha and the main grain offering is whole green moong.

Green colored sweets, green colored fruits and vegetables such as pumpkin and gourds are other important offerings.