Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



HYMN I A prayer to Vāchaspati for divine illumination and help.

HYMN II A charm against dysentery

HYMN III A charm against constipation and suppression of urine

HYMN IV To the waters, for the prosperity of cattle

HYMN V To the waters, for strength and power

HYMN VI To the waters, for health and wealth

HYMN VII To Indra and Agni, for the detection and destruction of evil spirits

HYMN VIII To Indra, Brihaspati, Soma and Agni, for the destruction of sorcerers

HYMN IX Benediction on a King at his inauguration

HYMN X Absolution of a sinner after intercession with Varuna

HYMN XI A charm to be used at child-birth

HYMN XII A prayer to Lightning, against fever, headache, and cough

HYMN XIII A prayer to Lightning, for happiness

HYMN XIV A woman's incantation against a rival

HYMN XV A prayer for the prosperity of an institutor of sacrifice

HYMN XVI A prayer and charm against demons

HYMN XVII A charm to be used at venesection

HYMN XVIII A charm to avert evil spirits of misfortune and to secure prosperity

HYMN XIX A prayer for protection from arrows and for the punishment of enemies

HYMN XX A prayer to Soma, the Maruts, Mitra, and Varuna, for protection

HYMN XXI A prayer to Indra for protection

HYMN XXII A charm against jaundice

HYMN XXIII A charm against leprosy

HYMN XXIV A charm against leprosy

HYMN XXV A prayer to fever, as a charm against his attacks

HYMN XXVI A prayer for protection, guidance, and prosperity

HYMN XXVII A charm to obtain invisibility

HYMN XXVIII A prayer to Agni for the destruction of evil spirits

HYMN XXIX A charm to secure the supremacy of a dethroned King

HYMN XXX A benediction on a King at his consecration

HYMN XXXI A prayer for protection and general prosperity

HYMN XXXII In praise of Heaven and Earth

HYMN XXXIII To the Waters, for health and happiness

HYMN XXXIV A young man's love-charm

HYMN XXXV A charm to ensure long life and glory to the wearer of an amulet


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