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.
1. Narad Muni in his previous birth was the son of a common maid servant and grew up serving devotees.
While serving the enlightened masters, he realized his true calling.
2. His birthday is celebrated as ‘Patrakar Diwas’, as he is considered as the first messenger of this Universe.
This year it falls in 22nd May.
He has the boon to travel to any of the three worlds, at will.
3. He is always seen with his Veena and he is very fond of it.
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.
4. He has many devotees in the world of communications; they revere him as their Guru.
He is worshipped with great reverence and devotion.
5. Narad Muni was instrumental in the making of the Ramayana, for he was the one who had cursed Lord Vishnu.
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.
6. Narad was a loyal companion of Lord Vishnu, and often accompanied him on his travels in his aircraft called Lord Garuda.
The same has been mentioned in Rig-Veda.
7. Narad muni might have a Chinese connection too.
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].
8. The exact location of his dwelling is called Tholing, and it is near present day Chamoli at a height of 12,200 feet.
It is believed that the sage spent time there with Lord Vishnu.
9. Narad, without doubt was the first journalist on the planet Earth and the heavens.
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.
10. He has often been accused of making various people (mortals and immortals alike) fight.
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.
His ultimate goal was the betterment of every soul, living or dead, with no vested interest of his own.
11. Narad muni had a very complex personality, not all could understand him.
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.
12. He has played the part of a divine messenger to perfection.
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.
13. It was Narad who got Jalandhar on the path to his doom.
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.
14. He was the master of 64 Vidyas.
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.
15. He is one of the 12 Chiranjeevis (immortals).
Narad is believed to be still alive and living amongst us mortals.
16. Narad muni is said to be the only one among all living beings who knew what God was thinking.
Narad is regarded as the ‘mind’ of God. He could always anticipate what God was planning.
17. The ‘Bhakti Sutras’ of Narad is a masterpiece.
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.
18. He played an important role in the Mahabharata too.
Narad is said to have accompanied the Pandavas in their exile. He was the one who showed Yudhisthir the right path of Dharma.
19. He is credited with having taught humans the importance of living a righteous life.
He was passionate about spreading the importance of devotion and faith.
20. There is a temple in Karnataka dedicated to him.
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.