Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



A prayer to Indra for protection

1          Lord of the clans, giver of bliss, fiend-slayer, mighty o'er the foe,
            May Indra, Soma-drinker, go before us, Bull, who brings us peace.

2          Indra, subdue our enemies, lay low the men who fight with us:
            Down into nether darkness send the man who shows us enmity:

3          Strike down the fiend, strike down the foes, break thou asunder Vritra's jaws.
            O Indra, Vritra-slayer, quell the wrath of the assailing foe.

4          Turn thou the foeman's thought away, his dart who fain would conquer us:
            Grant us thy great protection; keep his deadly weapon far away.


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