Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 28

Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 28

HYMN XXVIII
A prayer to Agni for the destruction of evil spirits

1 God Agni hath come forth to us, fiend-slayer, chaser of disease,
Burning the Yātudhānas up, Kimidins, and deceitful ones.

2 Consume the Yātudhānas, God! meet the Kimidins with thy
flame:
Burn up the Yātudhānis as they face thee, thou whose path is
black!

3 She who hath cursed us with a curse, or hath conceived a
murderous sin;
Or seized our son to take his blood, let her devour the child
she bare.

4 Let her, the Yātudhāni eat son, sister, and her daughter’s.
child.
Now let the twain by turns destroy the wild-haired Yātudhānis-
and crush down Arāyis to the earth!