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Apām-napāt literally means ‘offspring of waters’.
 
Apām-napāt literally means ‘offspring of waters’.
  
Tradition accords Rgveda Samhitā, its basic scripture, the most venerated place. Out of the several deities mentioned and supplicated in its hymns, Apām-napāt is a comparatively minor deity.
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Tradition accords [[Rgveda]] Samhitā, its basic scripture, the most venerated place. Out of the several [[deities]] mentioned and supplicated in its hymns, Apām-napāt is [[a]] comparatively minor deity.
  
* He is a form of Agni, the god of fire though sometimes he is also described as separate from him.
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* He is a form of [[Agni]], the god of fire though sometimes he is also described as separate from him.
 
* He is perhaps the presiding deity of lightning.
 
* He is perhaps the presiding deity of lightning.
 
* He is said to reside even inside water.
 
* He is said to reside even inside water.
 
* He is pictured as the child of three goddesses of water.
 
* He is pictured as the child of three goddesses of water.
* Wearing a coat of lightning he shines like gold.
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* Wearing [[a]] coat of lightning he shines like gold.
  
Sometimes, as is the general trend in the Rgveda, he is identified with Supreme God and the whole world is said to have been manifested out of him. He is the personification of all powers and the repository of all blessed qualities. He is to be praised through laudatory hymns and pleased through sacrificial rites.
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Sometimes, as is the general trend in the [[Rgveda]], he is identified with Supreme God and the whole world is said to have been manifested out of him. He is the personification of all powers and the repository of all blessed qualities. He is to be praised through laudatory hymns and pleased through sacrificial rites.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 06:15, 16 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Apam-napat, ApAm-napAt, Apaam-napaat


Apām-napāt literally means ‘offspring of waters’.

Tradition accords Rgveda Samhitā, its basic scripture, the most venerated place. Out of the several deities mentioned and supplicated in its hymns, Apām-napāt is a comparatively minor deity.

  • He is a form of Agni, the god of fire though sometimes he is also described as separate from him.
  • He is perhaps the presiding deity of lightning.
  • He is said to reside even inside water.
  • He is pictured as the child of three goddesses of water.
  • Wearing a coat of lightning he shines like gold.

Sometimes, as is the general trend in the Rgveda, he is identified with Supreme God and the whole world is said to have been manifested out of him. He is the personification of all powers and the repository of all blessed qualities. He is to be praised through laudatory hymns and pleased through sacrificial rites.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore