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. He was born as Virādha. After being killed by Rāma, he regained his original form.
- Rākṣasa means demon.
- Rāmāyana, Aranyakānda 4.16-18
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore