Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Narada - The Divine Musician-Sage


Narada is one of the Manasaputra's (wish-born-sons) of Brahma. He has taken a vow of celibacy and wanders around, spreading the divine name of Vishnu everywhere. He is fond of mischief, and appears in many stories, starting conflict by spreading rumors.

He is one of the greatest devotees of Vishnu. He had believed himself to be above Maya (illusion), but was once tricked by Vishnu in his incarnation as Krishna, into entering married life and having a large family. (Of course all this was merely an illusion, created by Krishna, to teach Narada that no one is above Maya.)

He is always depicted as carrying a Tampura (a stringed instrument) in his hands, with a garland of flowers about his neck and the divine name of Vishnu "Om Namo Naraayana" on his lips.

Last Modified At: Thu Oct 21 22:12:35 2004