Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



A prayer and charm against demons

1          May potent Agni who destroys the demons bless and shelter us.
            From greedy fiends who rise in troops at night-time when the moon is dark.

2          Varuna's benison hath blessed the lead, and Agni strengthens it.
            Indra hath given me the lead: this verily repels the fiends.

3          This overcomes Vishkandha, -this drives the voracious fiends away:
            By means of this have I, o'erthrown all the Pisāchi's demon brood.

4          If thou destroy a cow of ours, a human being, or a steed,
            We pierce thee with this piece of lead so that thou mayst not slay our men.


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