From SB 1.6.32

Narada speaking:

देवदत्तमिमां वीणां स्वरब्रह्मविभूषिताम् |
मूच्छरयित्वा हरिकथां गायमानच्श्रराम्यहम ||32||

deva-dattām imāṁ vīṇāṁ svara-brahma-vibhūṣitām
mūrcchayitvā hari-kathāṁ gāyamānaś carāmy aham

Translation: And thus I travel, constantly singing the transcendental message of the glories of the Lord, vibrating this instrument called a vīṇā, which is charged with transcendental sound and which was given to me by Lord Kṛṣṇa.

Purport -: The musical stringed instrument called the vīṇā, which was handed to Nārada by Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is described in the Liṅga Purāṇa, and this is confirmed by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī. This transcendental instrument is identical with Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Nārada because all of them are of the same transcendental category . . .

So, I want to know the episode from Linga purana which mentions about Lord Krishna giving Veena to Narada muni.

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    "deva" is an epithet originally used for mahadeva ( for e.g. ref: sri sUktam upaitumAm dEvasakhaH ). Mahadeva is also the embodiment of nAda and the reigning deity of music/nAda yOga. So it can be interpreted as a vina given to him by Mahadeva/Lord Shiva. Iswara is also an epithet that applies only to Mahadeva as clarified by kanchi paramacharya Chandrasekharendra Saraswati swami.
    – user1195
    Jul 6, 2017 at 5:08

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The story of Lord Krishna teaching music to Sage Narada is described in Linga Purana, Volume 2, Chapter 3 but it doesn't mention Lord Krishna giving Vina to Sage Narada. The story goes like this: Sage Narada is a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, so he always wanted to please him. Because of this he used to sing for lord but he was ignored by Lord and other devas because there was another person Tumburu who was more efficient in music. So, Sage Narada decided to learn music and started severe austerities. Then the divine sound told him to go to Mansa lake and meet an Uluka naming Gyanabandhu. Narada went there and learned all type of music from Uluka then again goes to the abode of Lord Vishnu and sing there. There he has been told by Lord Vishnu that now he knows all about music but still he is not better than Tumburu. Lord Vishnu told him that when Lord Krishna will be incarnated he will teach you music and then you will become equal to Tumburu or even better than him. Then when Lord Krishna had taken birth, Sage Narada was taught music by Jambavanti, Satyabhama, Rukmini and at last by Lord Krishna. After that Lord Vishnu was pleased by his singing.

आहूय कृष्णो भगवान् स्वयमेव महामुनिम्।

अशिक्षयदमेयात्मा गानयोगमनुत्तमम्॥ १०३॥

Then lord Krsna, the incomprehensible soul, himself called the great sage and taught him the excellent art of music.

ततोऽतिशयमापन्नस्तुंबरोर्मुनिसत्तमः ।

ततो ननर्त देवर्षिः प्रणिपत्य जनार्दनम्॥१०४॥

Thereafter, the sage Narada, surpassed the sage Tumburu. The divine sage Narada, thereafter, danced with joy, bowing to lord Visnu with respect.

उवाच च हृषीकेशः सर्वज्ञस्त्वं महामुने।

प्रहस्य गानयोगेन गायस्व मम सन्निधौ॥१०५॥

Lord Visnu then laughed and said- "O great sage, you have now attained the perfect knowledge. Having been equipped with the perfect knowledge pretty Well, you now sing in my presence.”


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