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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