Narada is considered one of the most significant sages in Hindu mythology. He was an avid traveler, and it is believed that he had the ability to appear anywhere at any time. He was constantly traveling between the different Hindu lokas ("worlds" or "states") and it is believed that he could do so at lightning speed.
Stories say that Narada also acted as a messenger for the gods. If the earth or the heavens were in trouble, Narada was the one who would inform the supreme deities.
Believed to be the author of the "Bhakti Sutra," he described the process of bhakti ("devotion") and the practice of Bhakti yoga. This revered sutra is very important to Hindu bhakti movements, particularly in the tradition of Vaishnavism.