Who is Narada Muni: Narada muni, also addressed as Devasri Narada, is divine celestial sage who spreads the divine message and glories of the Supreme Lord. He is regarded as the Manasaputra, one who has taken birth from the mind of Lord Brahma. In this regard, sage Narada is one of the ten Prajapatis born to Lord Brahma, who completed the work of creation.
Narada muni is described in Hindu scriptures as an effulgent, young sage who holds Veena in hands. He is ever-wandering and always singing “Narayana..Narayana…” He is known as communicator between gods. It is also said that Narada muni creates trouble among the demigods with a positive intention and the drama of trouble eventually does good to all, giving all good morals.
Narada Muni has great reverence in vaishnava culture. He is respected as a vaishnava guru and is worshiped for all his divine qualities. He is a pure devotee of Lord Narayana. He is expert in Bhakti yoga. He is spiritual master of Dhruva, whose story is very Popular. Some of the famous holy texts associated with Sage Narada are: Narada Bhakti Sutra, Narada Pancharatra, Narada Purana and Naradiya Dharmashastra.
Celebrations: Narada Jayanti is mostly observed in the northern parts of India. On the day of Narada jayanti people of vaishnavas cult observe fasting. They recite the holy texts that illustrate divine pastimes of Narada muni. Prayers are held. Several discourses are given illustrating the qualities of Narada muni. Holy feast or prasadam is distributed following the celebrations.
Sri Brahma Vaivarta Puran
svapne janam- diva-nisam purva-karmopabhogam- ca
bahir bhunkte sa vaisnavah
yat - whose; manah - heart; hari-padabje - at Lord Hari's lotus feet; svapne - in dreams; janam - knowledge; diva-nisam - day and night; purva- karma-upabhogam - reactions to all past karma ; ca - also; bahih - outside; bhunkte - enjoys; sa - he; vaisnavah - a devotee.
A person who day and night and even in his dreams serves Lord Hari's lotus feet has burned up all his past bad samskars and is said to be a genuine sadhu.
yasya karne visaty atha tam- vaisnavam- maha-putam
guru - of the guru; vaktrat - from the mouth; visnu - of Lord Visnu; mantrah - a mantra; yasya - of whom; karne - in the ear; visaty - enters; atha - then; tam - him; vaisnavam - servant of Vishnu; maha- putam - very pure; pravadanti - say; manisinah - of those who possess real knowledge.
Those that know the conclusion of the Vedas have said that a person into whose ear a Visnu-mantra has entered from his gurus mouth, is now qualified to become a very pure devotee.
purvan sapta paran sapta
sapta matamahadikan sodaram uddhared bhaktah
sva-prasum- ca prasu-prasum
purvan - previous; sapta - seven; paran - after; sapta - seven; sapta - seven; matamaha-adikan - - beginning with grandmothers; sodaram - brothers and sisters; uddharet - delivers; bhaktah - a devotee; sva-prasum - own children; ca - and; prasu-prasum - grandchildren.
A servant of Vishnu delivers his Family Clan. He delivers seven generations before and seven generations after. Seven generations of grandparents, children, grandchildren and other relatives.
kalatram- kanyakam- bandhum
sisyam- dauhitram atmanah kinkaram- kinkarim- putram
uddhared vaisnavah sada
kalatram - wife; kanyakam - daughter; bandhum - friend; sisyam - disciple; dauhitram - granddaughter; atmanah - own; kinkaram - servant; kinkarim - maidservant; putram - son; uddharet - delivers; vaisnavah - a devotee; sada - always.
A devotee always delivers (from hellish condition) his wife, son, daughter, friend, disciple, granddaughter, servant and maidservant.