Here’s one interesting character that finds mention in all the Yugas (ages). He is known as the Messenger of the Gods. If you have watched and noticed him in TV serials (you certainly did), you may have seen his appearance made out to be that of a reporter and public relations management expert. Only the public here refers to the commune of the divine.
His visits are always with a purpose; he always enters the scene with his Veena (instrument) chanting Narayan-Narayan (Salutations to Vishnu, Maintainer among the Trinity).
Although famous for appearing at the right moment at the right place, he was equally infamous for never keeping a secret safe. His habit of gossiping was the root of many controversies and duels.
Well if you thought that he only played the role of a tale bearer or a quarrel monger, you need to read on for sure. Narad Muni was no ordinary soul; he was the master of Puranas and Vedas. He was sage. A great one.
While serving the enlightened masters, he realized his true calling.
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He has the boon to travel to any of the three worlds, at will.
In his free time, he plays the Veena and sings praises of Lord Vishnu, the Maintainer among the Trinity Gods. Old scriptures mention that he has a melodious voice.
He is worshipped with great reverence and devotion.
He also tempted Rishi Valmiki to write the Ramayana. Only when Narad narrated the story of Lord Rama, the perfect man and the other events of Ramayana, did Valmiki agree to pen down the great epic as a poem.
The same has been mentioned in Rig-Veda.
In the Rig-Veda, it is mentioned that Narad belonged to the Hoon Desh. This is in fact an area in the present day Uttarakhand bordering China.
The legends in Chamoli region of Uttarakhand go on like this: i.e. Hoon Desh Me Rahate Narad Tholing Math Wale [Narad of Tholing Math lives in Hoon Desh].
It is believed that the sage spent time there with Lord Vishnu.
Some of you might not know that he is the son of Brahma. And since he likes to spice up facts, he fits the role of a journalist perfectly.
Narad was the official gossip monger of those times. And while people may accuse him of causing disputes, the fact remains that his intentions were never vengeful or malicious.
He comes across as a happy and playful character, but in reality, he was a very wise and composed yogi.
He had actually been assigned the task of executing many miracles on behalf of Lord Vishnu.
Narad Muni has always been mentioned to be tirelessly wandering across the three worlds; passing on chunks of information to everyone he met on the way.
He stays abreast with everything going on with the humans, Devas and Rakshasas. He is rightly mentioned in the Shabdakalpadruma as the one who gives knowledge of God to others.
When Jalandhar become a pompous and cruel rakshasa king, Narad came around and told him of the riches of Shiva and the beauty of Parwati. His pursuit of Parwati eventually led to his demise at the hands of Shiva.
A legendary figure, this sage was an institution in itself! His greatest skill was to convey certain ideas (of his liking, of course) to perfection.
He was a mobile encyclopedia.
Narad is believed to be still alive and living amongst us mortals.
Narad is regarded as the ‘mind’ of God. He could always anticipate what God was planning.
The sutras are books on devotion that have no comparison to any other book on devotion or bhakti. The books clearly outline the authority and philosophy of Bhakti, in words that even a layman can understand.
Narad is said to have accompanied the Pandavas in their exile. He was the one who showed Yudhisthir the right path of Dharma.
He was passionate about spreading the importance of devotion and faith.
In the hamlet of Chitageri, you will find a beautiful island in the Krishna River. This island is called Korva and is popularly known as Naradgadde.