Narad Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Devrishi Narad Muni, one of the prominent saints whose name has been mentioned in the Puranas. The name Narad evolves from the Sanskrit word ‘Nara’ meaning Man. He is one of the Prajapatis and also one of the greatest seven rishis
. As per the Vedic Puranas and Hindu mythologies, in the earlier times or Yugs
, Devrishi Narad was the divine universal messenger and primary source of information for gods of all the three Loks
– Swarglok (Heaven), Patallok (Underworld), and Bhulok (Earth). He constantly travelled the universe to communicate information from one Lok to another.
Narad Muni, known for his wisdom and mischief, was dressed in the garb of a saint with a veena
in one hand and kirpan
in another, who was always seen to be singing the praises of Lord Vishnu. He was always seen chanting ‘Narayan, Narayan’ while greeting anyone, which is another name of Lord Vishnu. Narad Jayanti is observed each year on the Pratipada Tithi during Krishna Paksha of the Jyeshtha month of the Hindu calendar. This means that it falls on the day after Purnima, which means this year it falls on 11th
May 2017. This day is also celebrated as ‘Patrakar Diwas
’ in the publication and media houses across the country owing to Narad Muni’s nature of communicating information to others, which is why he is also known as the first journalist of the world. In fact, many media houses also conduct elaborate Pujas to attain blessings of the Sage. Musicians across the country also worship Narad Muni on this day as he is considered as the inventor of musical instruments like the veena
that he held. Moreover, he is also considered the chief of ‘Gandharvas
’ – the heavenly musicians.
Devotees on this day observe fast to pay homage and respect to the esteemed Narad Muni, and also feed priests and sages. Intellectual meetings, seminars, and prayers are held at various organizations on this day. People also worship Lord Vishnu in order to seek the blessings of the sage because Narad Muni was a true and ardent devotee and worshipper of Lord Vishnu. This is why Narad Jayanti is observed majestically in the temples of Lord Vishnu, where special discourses and Pujas are offered. Devotees here read religious texts and prayers of the Supreme Lord, symbolizing their devotion to Him. You can also have a Puja conducted at your home and office to seek the blessings of both Lord Vishnu and Narad Muni. You can seek assistance of MakeMyPuja Pandits to perform a Satyanarayan Katha as Satyanarayan is also one of the most important avatars of Lord Vishnu.