Budh Ashtami Vrat Katha, the story associated with Budha Ashtami is given here. Budhashtami Vrata is observed on the day on which Ashtami tithi falls on Budhwar (Wednesday). The story of Budhashtami Vrata goes like this…
On this day we have to pray to the Budha Graha for his blessings. This helps us to get rid of going to the hell.
Once there was a king called Nemi, the ruler of Mithila. He had wife named urmila. In a battle Nimi was killed and Urmila fled to Avanti kingdom along with her son and daughter. She joins a Brahmins family as a maid and daily she used to steals food grains for quenching the hunger of her children.
After few years Urmila dies and the son returns to Mithila and regains his rightful throne. His sister named Shamala gets married to the king of Avanthi called Dharamraj.
Shamala finds that they are seven rooms in the palace which are locked and asks Dharamraj, who tells her never to look into those rooms. As curiosity builds up shamala opens the doors only to find her mother tortured in the seven rooms in seven different methods.
She comes back very sadly to Dharamraj and asks him what was happening to her mother in those rooms.
Dharamraj says that it is for this reason only that I warned you not to enter the rooms and explains her that as her mother has stolen the food grains from a Brahmins house she was being given punishment for her stealing in the hell and that is what you have seen.
Shamala prays to Dharmaraja to help her save her mother.
Dharamaraja advices her to do the Budha Ashtami Vrat inorder to help her mother.
Shamala performs the same and her mother is released from the hell.
There is another story for Budhashtami Vrat…
Budhashtami Vrat Katha or the Story of Budh Ashtami vrat is mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana. Budhashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi which falls on Budhwar, Wednesday.
Budhashtami Vrat katha goes like this…
There used to be a brahmana named Dhira whose wife was named Rambha. Dhira’s son was Koushika, his daughter was Vijaya and Dhira’s bull was named Dhanada. Koushika would go with the other cowherds to graze the bull. Once when Koushika was having a bath in the river Bhagirathi and the bull was grazing, some thieves came and stole the bull. Koushika and his sister Vijaya looked everywhere for it, but could not find it.
In searching for the bull, they came to lake where some women were bathing in the course of performing a vrata. Brother and sister were tired and hungry and they craved for some food. The women agreed to give them food, but only after Koushika and Vijaya had also performed the budhashtami vrata. And as soon as Koushika performed the ritual, the bull was miraculously returned to him. Such were the powers of the vrata that Koushika could get his sister Vijaya married off to Yama and himself became the king of Ayodhya.
After their parents Dhira and Rambha had died. Vijaya discovered that her father and mother were in naraka. When she asked Yama as to how her parents might be delivered from naraka, Yama told her that Koushika and Vijaya should perform budhashtami vrata again. And immediately after they did so, the parents attained svarga.