Atharva-Veda Samhita/Book III

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Book III.

⌊The third book is made up largely of hymns of 6 verses each. It contains 13 such hymns, but also six hymns (namely 4, 7, 13, 16, 24, 30) of 7 verses each, six hymns (namely 5, 6, 11, 15, 19, 29) of 8 verses each, two hymns (namely 12, 17) of 9 verses each, two hymns (namely 20, 21) of 10 verses each, one hymn (namely 31) of 11 verses, and one hymn (namely 10) of 13 verses. See Weber's introduction to his translation, p. 178. The possibility of critical reduction to the norm is well illustrated by hymn 31—compare pages 1 and 37. The whole book has been translated by Weber, Indische Studien, vol. xvii. (1885), pages 177-314.⌋

Hymn-
number
Page

III. Book the third

1 Against enemies 84
2 Against enemies 86
3 For the restoration of a king 87
4 To establish a king 89
5 For prosperity: with a parṇá-amulet 91
6 Against enemies: with açvatthá 92
7 Against the disease kṣetriyá 94
8 For authority 96
9 Against víṣkandha and other evils 98
10 To the ekāṣṭakā́ (day of moon's last quarter) 99
11 For relief from disease, and for long life 103
12 Accompanying the building of a house 104
13 To the waters 107
14 A blessing on the kine 109
15 For success in trade 111
16 Morning invocation to various gods, especially Bhaga 113
17 For successful agriculture 114
18 Against a rival wife: with a plant 117
19 To help friends against enemies 119
20 To Agni and other gods: for various blessings 121
21 With oblation to the various forms of fire or Agni 123
22 To the gods: for splendor (várcas) 126
23 For fecundity 127
24 For abundance of grain 129
25 To command a woman's love 130
26 Homage to the gods of the quarters etc. ⌊snake charms?⌋ 131
27 The same: with imprecation on enemies 133
28 To avert the ill omen of a twinning animal 134
29 With the offering of a white-footed sheep 135
30 For concord 137
31 For welfare and long life 139