From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Tumburu was one of the sons of the sage Kaśyapa and Ariṣtā. He belonged to the Gandharva group among the gods of heaven. He was a great musician attached to the court of Indra, the king of gods. Once he committed a heinous sin and was cursed by Kubera to be born as a rākṣasa.[1] He was born as Virādha. After being killed by Rāma, he regained his original form.[2]


  1. Rākṣasa means demon.
  2. Rāmāyana, Aranyakānda 4.16-18
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore