Exploring the Atharva Veda: Contents and Significance

Hindu life and culture are based on a worldview and way of life that are based on Vedic texts. Like the other Vedas, Atharva veda is divided into sections called Saṁhitā (verses that praise Vedic devatas or gods), Brāhmaṇa (ritual practises or liturgy), and Upanishads (spiritual and philosophical expositions or exegesis). Unlike the other Vedas, the Atharva veda has no known Āraṇyaka section. The Mantras of the Atharva Veda talk about things like how to run a country, how to run a business, and information about diseases and how to treat them.

The Vedas (Atharva) Contents of the course:

The course gives an overview of what the Atharva veda is and what it says. It also uses examples from the Samhita, Brahmana, and Upanishads sections to show how they are different from each other.

Students in this class will be able to:

Understand the arrangement of mantras in the Atharva veda as well as the overview of its contents

Learn about the Vedic view of the world through its way of life.

Recognize the variation and divergence of Vedic and classical Sanskrit language

Compare and contrast how the four Vedas are similar and different in their nature, features, shape, content, structure, and use in Vedic practises.