Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 31

A prayer for protection and general prosperity

1 Here will we serve with sacrifice the great Controllers of the
The four immortal Warders who protect the regions of the sky.

2 Ye, Guardians of the regions, Gods who keep the quarters of
the heavens,
Rescue and free us from the bonds of Nirriti, from grief and

3 I, free from stiffness, serve thee with oblation, not lame I sacri-
fice with oil and fatness.
Let the strong Warder God, who keeps the regions bring to us
hither safety and well-being.

4 Well be it with our mother and our father, well be it with our
cows, and beasts, and people.
Ours be all happy fortune, grace, and favour. Long, very long
may we behold the sunlight.