Vedas are considered the “sacred knowledge” of the Aryans, a set of people from the Middle East, who invaded India during the 1600 B.C.
Atharvaveda was written later. Along with praising the deities, the Atharvaveda also has spells of -2 miracles, medical science and philosophy. Its author is Sri Rishi Atharva.
2 parts (branches) of Atharvaveda –
- Shonk branch
- Piplad Branch
Important facts related to Atharvaveda
- Atharva Veda is one of the oldest Indo-European texts. The bulk of the text dates from 1500 BC to 1000 BC.
- It predates Bible by 1500 years and Koran by 2000 years!
- Atharva Veda is one of the oldest texts to talks about antibiotics.
- Hymn 1.23 and 24 talks about leprosy and prescribes a medicine called rajani, a lichen with antibiotic properties.
- Atharva Veda is one of the oldest texts to talk about building and constructions, trade and commerce and statecraft.
- The Rajakarma Suktas talk about the political system during those days. National and social problems were handled by a parliament or samiti.
- While Europe and Arab countries were still hunter gatherer barbarians, Indians had already developed a superior culture.
- Atharva Veda is the first Indian text which talks about medicine. It prescribes various plant based medicines accompanied by mantras to heal the body.
- Indra is the most popular deity in Atharva Veda followed by Agni and Soma, similar to Rig Veda. This proves the contemporaneity of Aharva Veda with Rig Veda.
- Atharva Veda refers to the bull quite bull frequently.
- Bull is found commonly in most Indus Valley and Harappan seals and relics, and its numerous references in Atharva Veda along with same geographic areas indicates
- Indus Valley Civilization and Atharva Veda Hindu civilization are the same.
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