Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



HYMN I Glorification of the prime cause of all things

HYMN II A charm to ensure success in gambling

HYMN III A water-cure charm

HYMN IV A charm to ensure health and prosperity by wearing an amulet

HYMN V Invitation to, and praise of Indra

HYMN VI A prayer to Agni for protection

HYMN VII A counter-charm against imprecation and malignity

HYMN VIII A charm against hereditary disease (kshetriya)

HYMN IX A charm to cure dangerous disease

HYMN X Absolution and benediction

HYMN XI Counter-charm, with an amulet, against an enemy's spell

HYMN XII A prayer for vengeance on a malicious rival worshipper

HYMN XIII A youth's Investiture ceremony (godānam)

HYMN XIV A charm to banish vermin and noxious creatures

HYMN XV A charm against fear

HYMN XVI A prayer for general protection

HYMN XVII A prayer to an amulet for health and strength

HYMN XVIII A charm against enemies, goblins, and other evil creatures

HYMN XIX A prayer to Agni for aid against an enemy

HYMN XXIV A charm against the magic arts of fiends

HYMN XXV A charm against fiends who cause abortion

HYMN XXVI A benediction on homeward coming cattle

HYMN XXVII A charm against an opponent in debate

HYMN XXVIII A prayer for a boy's long and happy life

HYMN XXIX A benediction on a sick man

HYMN XXX A man's love-charm

HYMN XXXI A charm against all sorts of worms

HYMN XXXII A charm against worms or bots in cows


HYMN XXXIV A prayer accompanying an animal sacrifice

HYMN XXXV Expiation for an imperfectly performed sacrifice

HYMN XXXVI A charm to secure a husband for a marriageable girl

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