Karma kanda has many yajnas which can give heaven and such other fruitive activities, is there mention of yajna which can fulfill a wish? Are there any rituals, yajnas, vratas, mantras or praying to a specific deity that can fulfill wishes.

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    There are many yajnas and mantras to fulfill wishes. What is the exact wish you are thinking of? Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 5:26
  • @Sarvabhouma I want to prove that all the Hindu scriptures are 5000 year old. And prove that Mahabharata took place. Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 5:28
  • @Sarvabhouma and bring back the lost scriptures too. Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 5:31
  • a well-preserved version of atharva veda paippalada was discovered among a collection of palm leaf manuscripts in Odisha in 1957. there might be a few more undiscovered manuscripts out there. Sorry rig veda cannot be pushed beyond 1500 b.c. Later scriptures get dated firmly using non-Hindu sources and historical linguistics as much younger than rig veda.
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    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 13:14
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    max mueller was not a linguist. my comments are for the record, not individuals.
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There are many instances in the Puranas where people have worshiped a variety of gods to fulfill their wishes. Most of the times the ones invoked are from the Trinity - Lord Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu but there are also instances of the Goddess or some other deity being invoked for the fulfillment of a specific wish.

However, since your question is primarily about Vedic Yagnas, I am sharing the following excerpt from the Shatapatha Brahmana that mentions a wish-fulfilling sacrifice performed by no less that Brahma & his sons:

  1. They went on singing praises and toiling. Then Parameshthin, son of Pragâpati, saw that sacrifice, the New and Full-moon offerings, and performed these offerings. Having performed them, he desired, 'Would I were everything here!' He became the waters, for the waters are everything here, inasmuch as they abide in the furthest place; for he who digs here on earth finds indeed water; and, in truth, it is from that furthest place, to wit, from yonder sky that he 1 rains, whence the name Parameshthin (abiding in the furthest, highest place).

  2. Parameshthin spake unto his father Pragâpati, 'I have discovered a sacrifice which fulfils wishes: let me perform this for thee!'--'So be it!' he said. He accordingly performed it for him. Having sacrificed, he (Pragâpati) desired, 'Would I were everything here!' He became the breath (vital air), for breath is everything here: Pragâpati is that breath which blows here (the wind); and whatsoever knows that it is thus he blows is his (Pragâpati's) eyesight; and whatsoever is endowed with breath is Pragâpati. And, verily, whosoever thus knows that eyesight of Pragâpati becomes, as it were, manifest.

  3. Pragâpati spake unto his son Indra, 'Let me perform for thee this wish-fulfilling sacrifice which Parameshthin has just performed for me.'--'So be it!' he said. He accordingly performed it for him. Having sacrificed, he (Indra) desired, 'Would that I were everything here!' He became speech (vâk), for speech is everything here; whence they say, 'Indra is Vâk.'

  4. Indra spake unto his brothers Agni and Soma, 'Let me perform for you this wish-fulfilling sacrifice which our father Pragâpati has just performed for me.'--'So be it!' they said. He accordingly performed it for them. Having sacrificed, those two desired, 'Would that we were everything here!' One of them became the eater of food, and the other became food: Agni became the eater of food, and Soma food; and the eater of food, and food, indeed, are everything here.

  5. These five deities, then, performed that wish-fulfilling sacrifice; and for whatever wish they sacrificed, that wish of theirs was fulfilled; and, verily, for whatever wish one performs that sacrifice, that wish of his is fulfilled.

The New and Full Moon Sacrifice is also called DARSAPÛRNAMÂSA-ISHTÎ in the first Kands of the Shatapath Brahmana and this seems to be the most clear mention of a wish-fulfilling Vedic sacrifice that even helped Lord Brahma and his sons fulfill their desires.

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    What is the name of that sacrifice? Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 8:43
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    @TatTvamAsi found the name as - DARSAPÛRNAMÂSA-ISHTÎ and have added it in the answer with the link to the ritual. Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 10:59
  • @Dr. Vineet Aggarwal I'm facing severe racial discrimination. And I am from poor family. So I cannot afford legal alternative. Despite working hard for many years I am facing many problems in life. Please tell me any tapa, any japa, any anushthan, any purasharan, any temple or any vrat so that I can get justice, freedom, equal treatment in society and get peaceful life. I've worked very hard and tried everything I can do. But still struggling. I'm ready to do hardest vrat, tapa etc. Please guide me. I can't afford to go to court against govt because I am not that rich and it's time consuming.
    – ramanujan
    Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 17:53
  • @ramanujan sorry to hear about your situation and my heartfelt sympathies with you. Unfortunately I am not a guru qualified enough to guide someone and my answer is based on what I have read from the scriptures. You may try the above mentioned fast after consulting with a qualified Guru and I hope everything goes well for you! Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 7:14
  • @Dr. Vineet Aggarwal thanks
    – ramanujan
    Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 9:38

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