The Manyu Shutka of the Rig Veda
(Manyu, the personification and presiding Deity of anger, is a form of Nrisimhadeva. This Shukta very much follows the tendency of the Rig Veda and is chanted during the fire rituals for the destruction of enemies. Thus, it is very powerful.)

Rig Veda 10.6.15

Text 1
harih om
yaste manyo ‘vidhadujra jayaka jaha ojah pushyati vishvamanupak
sahyama dasamaryam tvaya yuja sahaskritena sahasa sahasvata
“O Manyu, the persons who worship You, who is like a thunderbolt, the destroyer of enemies, enjoys all power and strength combined, may we overcome our enemies with You as our friend, invigorating and strong.”

Text 2
manyurindro manyurevasa devo manyurhota varuno jatavedaha
manyum visa ilate manusiryaha pahi no manyo tapasa sajoshaha
            “Manyu is Indra, He is Varuna and Agni. Those of human descent praise Manyu. Protect us Manyu, be pleased with our austerities.”

Text 3
abhihi manyo tapasastaviyan tapasa yuja vi jahi satrun
amitraha vritraha dasyuha cha vishva vasunya bhara tvam naha
“Come to us Manyu, You who are the strongest of the strong. With austerity as your companion, overthrow our enemies. Give us spiritual wealth, O slayer of enemies, adversaries and foes.”  

Text 4
tvam hi manyo abhi bhutyojah svayam bhurbhamau abhimatishahah
vishva charshanih sahurih sahava-nasmasvoja pritanasu dhehi
            “Give us strength in battle, Manyu, O you who posses overpowering strength. You are self-existent, furious, the overthrower of enemies, the beholder of all, enduring, and vigorous.”

Text5
abhagah sannapa pareto asmi tava kratva tavishasya pracetaha
tam tva manyo akraturjihila-ham sva tanur-baladeyaya mahi
            “O Lord Manyu, not taking part in Your worship (not offering oblations at the ritual) I was forced to retreat before my enemies. I avoided and neglected your worship. Yet please be kind and give me strength.”

Text 6
ayam te asmyupa mehyarvan praticinah sahure vishvadhayaha
manyo vajrin-nabhi mama vavritsva hanava dasyugm ruta bodhyapehe
            “I am yours! Come to me, turn Your face towards me! O resister of the foes, sustainer of all, Manyu, the holder of a thunderbolt, come to me. Let us slay the demons, and help Your devotees.”

Text 7
abhi prehi dakshinato bhava me ‘dha vritrani janghanava muri
juhomi te dharunam madhvo agra mubha upamshu prathama pibava
            “Approach me by my right side and let us slay a multitude of foes. I offer you the best part of the Soma juice, let us drink it together in privacy.”


Rig Veda 10.6.16

Text 1
tvaya manyo sarathamarujanto harshamanaso dhrishita marutvaha
tigmeshava ayudha samsishana abhi prayantu naro agnirupaha
            “May the priests, who resemble Agni, ascend the same chariot as You. O Manyu, who is accompanied by the Maruts. May You proceed in battle, advancing, exulting, indignant, armed with sharp arrows, whetting Your weapons.”

Text 2
Agniriva manyo tvishitah sahasva senanirnah sahure huta edhi
Hatvaya shatrun vi bhajasva veda aujo mimano vi mridho nudasva
            “Blazing like fire, O Manyu, overcome our foes, come as our general, when invoked by us in battle. Having slain the enemies, divide their wealth. Granting us strength, scatter our foes.”

Text 3
Sahasva manyo abhimatimasme rujan mrinan pramrinan prehi shatrun
Ugram te pajo nanva rurudhre vasi vasham nayasa ekaja tvam
            “O Manyu, overthrow our enemies. Advance against our foes, wounding, killing, annihilating them. O You who depend on no-one, who can resist Your fierce might?”

Text 4
eko bahunamasi manyavilito vishamvisham yudhaye sam shishadhi
ekrittaruk tvaya yuja vayam dyumantam ghosham vijayaya krinmahe
            “You are praised, O Manyu, as the conqueror of all. Help us contend with all men. With You as our friend, O radiant one, we cry out in victory.”

Text 5
vijeshakridindra ivanavabravo ‘smakam manyo adhipa bhaveha
priyam te nama sahure grinimasi vidma tamutsam yata ababhutha
            “O Manyu, giver of victory, You are irreproachable like Lord Indra. Please protect this ritual. O Enduring One, we sing to you appropriate praises. We know this to be the source where You have come from.”

Text 6
abhutya sahaja vajra sayaka saho bibharsya-bhibhuta uttaram
kratva no manyo saha medhyedi maha-dhanarya puruhuta samsriji
            “O Manyu, You are like a destructive thunderbolt, the overpowerer of foes, the twin brother of victory, and have extreme strength. Be favorable to us, Manyu, in our deeds, O You who are invoked by many in the shock of battle.”

Text 7
Samsristam dhanam ubhayam samakrita
Masmabhayam dattam varunashcha manyuh
Bhiyam dadhana hridayesu shatravaha
Parajitaso apa ni layantam
            “May Manyu and Varuana bestow upon us undivided spiritual and material wealth; may our enemies, fear within their hearts, be overcome and utterly destroyed.”


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