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The Atharvaveda (Samskrit: अथर्ववेदः)
व्युत्पत्तिः नामाभिधानं च ॥ Etymology and nomenclature
शाखाः ॥ Recensions
The Srautasutra texts Vaitāna Sūtra and the Kauśika Sūtra are attached to the Atharvaveda Shaunaka edition, as are a supplement of Atharvan Prayascitthas, two Pratishakhyas, and a collection of Parisisthas.
The contents of the Atharvaveda contrasts with the other Vedas.
Surgical and medical speculations
Charms against fever, jaundice and diseases
Remedy from medicinal herbs
Spells and prayers to gain a lover, husband
The contents of Atharvaveda have been studied to glean information about the social and cultural mores in Vedic era of India.
Speculations on the nature of man, life, good and evil
Atharvaveda 10.2.4 - 10.2.14
Prayer for peace
Some hymns are prayer qua prayer, desiring harmony and peace. For example,
Manuscripts and translations
Medicine and health care
Khare and Katiyar state that the Bharat's tradition directly links Ayurveda to Atharvaveda.
The verse 11.7.24 of Atharvaveda contains the oldest known mention of the Indic literary genre the Puranas.
- BR Modak (1993), The Ancillary Literature of the Atharva-Veda, Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, ISBN 9788121506076, pages 15 (footnote 8), 393-394
- SS Bahulkar (2003), Samskararatnamala: An Atharvanic Prayoga, in Pramodasindhu (Editors: Kalyan Kale et al, Professor Pramod Ganesh Lalye’s 75th Birthday Felicitation Volume), Mansanman Prakashan, pages 28–35
- Rajbali Pandey (1969), Hindu Saṁskāras: Socio-religious Study of the Hindu Sacraments, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120803961, pages 162-163, Chapter 8
- CP Khare and CK Katiyar (2012), The Modern Ayurveda, CRC Press, ISBN 978-1439896327, page 8