Śāntisuktas

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Śāntisuktas When some unnatural or supernatu¬ral phenomena take place, foreboding some evil, remedial measures have to be under¬taken. These are generally termed śāntis. (See ŚĀNTIS for details.) Even in some early Vedic mantras we find the idea of counteracting the evil effects of bad dreams (vide Rgveda 10.164.1-5; 8.47.16-18; 10.36.4; 10.37.4). The Sāñkhāyana-grhyasutras (5.6, 7, 10, 11) prescribes the Rgvedic sṅkta (1.114 with 11 verses) for curing a person suffering from any disease. In the Taittiriya Āranyaka (4.42) there are 37 mantras of śānti, of which 7 are from the Rgveda. Several verses of the Atharvaveda (6.45.1; 6.46.1) also are prescribed for similar purposes. The entire chapter 36 of the Śukla- yajurveda Samhitā comprising 24 mantras is used as śānti during the Pravargya rite (See PRAVARGYA.). Such Vedic mantras are called Sānti- suktas.