Navagraha Temples - (Budha Graha)

Budha - Planet Mercury spends 7.33 days in each sign of the zodiac

In Linga Purana it is said that Mercury or Buddha Graha, as said in Hindi, is the son of the Moon by his wife Rohini. But according to Vishnu Purana, Brahma Purana, Devi Bhagvata Bhagwat Purana, Harivansha Purana, Padma Purana and Vayu Purana, the seduction of Brahaspati's wife Tara by the Moon gave birth to Buddha. Mercury rules education, writers, lecturers, traders, teachers, artists, businessmen, the nervous system and the lungs.

Alternative Name


Planetary Ruler

Gemini and Virgo

Sidereal Ruler

Cancer and Aries

Represented by

Messenger of the gods, noted for speed and swiftness
(Roman Mythology)

Associated Day


In Chinese Astrology

Ruled by the element water; diplomatic, kind and intuitive

In Indian Astrology

Represents communication

Related Gemstones


Related Metal


In numerology

Rules number 5

Mercury has two faces, it gives double nature and makes one detached and independent as well as an extremist. It is dominated by the three doshas, the wind, bile and mucus. Mercury loves the company of learned. It is the lord of the direction North.