atharva veda

About Atharva Veda

The word ‘Atharvan,’ is derived from ‘athar,’ which is an obsolete word for fire. It means ‘the priest of fire.’ So, Atharvan is the name of an ancient sage who ‘brought down fire from heaven’ and started the sacrificial rites here. In the mythology, he is described as a son of Brahmā, the Creator, who introduced fire-rituals with soma and other materials.

Major portion of this Veda is concerned with the following :

  • Diseases and their cure
  • Rites for prolonging life
  • Rites for fulfilling one’s desires
  • Building construction
  • Trade and commerce
  • Statecraft
  • Penances
  • Propitiatory rites
  • Black-magic


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