Aap is generally regared as Himwan, the father of Goddess Parvati. However, in Rigved, Aap is described as Goddess, Mother of Agni, always blessing mothers and young women. She is supposed to be working under the guidance of Lord Varun.
She guides the people in taking right decisions, She is the giver of wealth and Nectar thus taking care of health of the residents. Some read it as Ap, which actually means water. Ap is not Aap.
• Associated with healing.
• If imbalance, it will destroy the healing power.
• Ability to face the challenges and overcome it.
|Samagri||निमित्त दूध, कुमुद पुष्य|
|Mantra||ऊँ आपो अस्मान्मातरः शुन्धयन्तु घृतेन नो नमः|
|समराङ्गण सूत्रधार||हिमवानाप इत्युक्त|
|अपो अस्मान मातरः शुन्धयन्तु घर्तेन नो घर्तप्वः पुनन्तु |
विश्वं हि रिप्रं परवहन्ति देविरुदिदाभ्यः शुचिरापूत एमि ||
|हवन सामग्री||हल्दी, मूंग, चावल|
If we accept Rigved's description, Aap is also thought to be Mohini, the female incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This seems acceptable as the expansion of this pada expresses itself as Aditi, the Goddess Luxmi. This also supports the Upanishad, when it says Shivashy Hridayam Vishnu, Vishunusya Hridayam Shiva.
Basically, this zone also supports womenfolk specially the pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)