(Last Updated on : 30-10-2014)
Hymns in Book VI of Atharva Veda
commences with the praise of Savitr who is an off-spring of Vedic deity Aditi. Next hymn is in praising of Lord Indra
. The next five hymns are prayers to various deities for protection and prosperity, welfare of a generous patron, protection from wicked men and for help. The eighth and the ninth hymns are regarding a man's love-charm. The next hymn is a thanksgiving for life, hearing and sight. The next two hymns are charms: in order to make sure that a baby boy is born and against poisonous snakes. The thirteenth hymn is reverence to death. The next two hymns are charms against consumption as well as against power and pre eminence. A medical attraction forms the sixteenth hymn. Seventeenth hymn is to ensure conception. Eighteenth hymn is a magic to evict jealousy. The following hymn is a prayer for purification. Next hymn is a charm against fever.
The twenty one hymns are charms to strengthen hair as well as encourage its growth. The succeeding hymn is a prayer to the Maruts or Storm-Gods. Hymn twenty three is dedicated to the Waters. Next hymn is ascribed to the rivers. The twenty fifth hymn is a charm to remove boils. Twenty sixth hymn is regarding hardship. Next hymn is a charm to avert misfortune that is indicated by the coming of a dove. Similarly next hymn is a charm to prevent misfortune that is shown before by the coming of a dove. Next hymn is also a charm to avert misfortune that is foretold by the coming of a dove and an owl.
The thirtieth hymn is a charm to promote hair growth. The following hymn is dedicated to the Sun-God. The thirty second is a charm against fiends and goblins. Next hymn is a prayer to Lord Indra for prosperity. The next two hymns are dedicated to Lord Agni
for protection from enemies. The following hymn is in praise of Agni Vaisvanara. The hymn is a charm to divert personified malediction. The next three hymns are prayers for surpassing energy, a priest's prayer for glory and a prayer for peace and safety.
A prayer for protection, other blessings and long life forms the forty first hymn. The succeeding two hymns is a charm to reunite estranged friends. The forty fourth hymn is a charm to remove disease. The succeeding hymn is a prayer for preservation from mental sin. Hymn forty sixth is a charm against evil dreams. Hymn forty seven is to accompany the three daily libations. Hymn forty eight consists of formulas that need to be used at the three daily libations. Hymn forty nine is in praise of Agni. The fiftieth hymn is a charm for the destruction of vermin. The following hymn is a prayer for purification and forgiveness of sins. The fifty second hymn is a charm against harmful reptiles and insects. Next hymn is a prayer for recovery and preservation of health as well as security.
The fifty fourth hymn is a benediction on a King who is elected newly. Succeeding hymn is a prayer that is meant for general protection and prosperity. The next two hymns are charms against snakes as well as for a wound. A priest's prayer for glory and power form the fifty eighth hymn. The following hymn is a charm that is meant to protect cattle and men. The sixtieth one is wooing of a bride.
The following two hymns are prayers for prosperity and greatness as well as for purification and riches. Liberation of a sacrificial victim forms the sixth third one. The following one is to promote harmony in a congregation. The next three hymns are charms: against enemies and destruction. The sixty eighth hymn is regarding a charm to accompany the shaving of a beard. The succeeding hymn is a prayer of a pastor for power and glory. The next two hymns are benedictions on cow and its calf as well as a priest's benediction after meat. The following hymn is a charm to restore virile power. The succeeding next two hymns revolve round King's charm to pacify his relatives as well as to secure people's trust. The seventy fifth hymn is a charm to effect the removal of an enemy. Next one is a benediction on a new-born Kshatriya child. Thereafter it is a charm to bring the cattle back home. Nuptial benediction forms the seventy eighth hymn. The next two hymns are a prayer for seasonable rain, prosperity, help and protection.
The next five hymns are charms for birth facilitation, to win a bride, against boils, accompany the symbolical loosing of sacrificial victims and against consumption.
Glorification of a new consecrated King forms the eight sixth one. The following two hymns are a benediction addressed to a newly elected King. The next one is a man's love charm. The next three hymns are charm: to cure a poisoned man, against disease and to strengthen and inspirit a war-horse. The ninety third hymn is a prayer for protection from poison. The next two hymns are again charms to reconcile a King's discontented people as well as to remove disease. The following two hymns are prayers for liberation from sin and sorrow as well as for prosperity of a King. The ninety eighth one is praise of Indra. Thereafter is the prayer for protection in war. The next eight hymns are charms: against poison, to promote manly vigour, check approach of an aggressive army, to cure cough, to protect house from fire, to protect men and cattle. The hundred and eighth one is a wisdom prayer. The following one is a magic to heal punctured wounds.
A blessing on a new born child forms the hundred and tenth hymn. Thereafter the next three hymns are charms: for insanity, good health for man, woman and son and to to expel the wicked person. The next ten hymns are prayers for pardon of faults, forgiveness of sins against mother, father, son, or brother, liberation from debt, pardoning for cheating in a game, for happiness in heaven, protection against Omen from the sky, Glorification of a war-chariot and war drum, expel ling of diseases, for good weather, success and happiness and last three are a woman's love-charm. The one hundred and thirty third one is glorification of the sacred belt. The next one is a priest's prayer for power in order to punish wrong-doers. The one hundred and thirty fifth one is a priest's verbal attack against an enemy. The following two hymns are charms to promote hair growth. The succeeding one is a woman's malediction on her unfaithful lover. Woman's love charm forms the one thirty ninth hymn. The last three are blessings on child's first two teeth and cattle.