20 Facts About Atharvaveda


Language of the Atharvaveda is different from Vedic Sanskrit, preserving pre-Vedic Indo-European archaisms.

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About a sixth of the Atharvaveda texts adapts verses from the Rigveda, and except for Books 15 and 16, the text is mainly in verse deploying a diversity of Vedic meters.

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Atharvaveda is sometimes called the "Veda of magical formulas", a description considered incorrect by other scholars.

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Atharvaveda was likely compiled as a Veda contemporaneously with Samaveda and Yajurveda, or about 1200 BCE – 1000 BCE.

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The latter layer of Atharvaveda text includes three primary Upanishads, influential to various schools of Hindu philosophy.

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Atharvaveda is occasionally referred to as Bhrgvangirasah and Brahmaveda, after Bhrigu and Brahma respectively.

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However, notes Max Muller, the hymns of Atharvaveda existed by the time Chandogya Upanishad was completed, but were then referred to as "hymns of Atharvangirasah".

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Core text of the Atharvaveda falls within the classical Mantra period of Vedic Sanskrit, during the 2nd millennium BC - younger than the Rigveda, and roughly contemporary with the Yajurveda mantras, the Rigvedic Khilani, and the.

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Priests who practised the Atharvaveda were considered to be the lowest tier of Brahmins, in comparison to the priests who practised the Rigveda, Samaveda, or Yajurveda.

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The stigma against Atharvaveda priests has continued in Odisha well into the modern day.

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Atharvaveda is a collection of 20 books, with a total of 730 hymns of about 6,000 stanzas.

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The 143 hymns of the 20th book of Atharvaveda Samhita is almost entirely borrowed from the Rigveda.

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Atharvaveda is sometimes called the "Veda of magical formulas", an epithet declared to be incorrect by other scholars.

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Many books of the Atharvaveda Samhita are dedicated to rituals without magic and to theosophy.

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Atharvaveda Samhita contains hymns many of which were charms, magic spells and incantations meant to be pronounced by the person who seeks some benefit, or more often by a sorcerer who would say it on his or her behalf.

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Additionally, the non-Samhita layers of Atharvaveda text include a Brahmana and several influential Upanishads.

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Atharvaveda includes mantras and verses for treating a variety of ailments.

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Contents of Atharvaveda have been studied to glean information about the social and cultural mores in Vedic era of India.

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Atharvaveda includes Gopatha Brahmana text, that goes with Atharva Samhita.

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Mundaka Upanishad, embedded inside Atharvaveda, is a poetic-style Upanishad, with 64 verses, written in the form of mantras.

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