Tumburu is described the son of sage Kashyapa and his wife Pradha. Among the sons of Kashayapa, his four Gandharva sons Tumburu, Bahu, Haha and Huhu were renowned for their sweet and pleasant speech.
Tumburu often described as the best among Gandharvas or celestial musicians. A "mighty singer and musician", he sings in presence of gods. Besides NaradaNarada
Narada, also popularly known as Narada Muni, is a great Vedic sage and is one of the most significant and iconic characters of the Hindus. and Gopa, he is regarded the king of songs. Bhagavata Purana considers Narada to be the teacher of Tumburu. The scripture mentions that TumburuTumburu
Tumburu is described the son of sage Kashyapa and his wife Pradha. Among the sons of Kashayapa, his four Gandharva sons Tumburu, Bahu... accompanied him on a visit to the court of Yudhishtira (See Mahabharata section). Narada and Tumburu are said to sing the glories of god Vishnu, the Unborn One.
Adbhuta Ramayana mentions that Tumburu was the best of all singers and was rewarded by god Vishnu. Narada, a devotee of Vishnu, became jealous of Tumburu. VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. tells Narada that Tumburu was dearer to him as he loved songs of praise, rather than austerities that were performed by Narada and sent Narada to an owl named Ganabandhu, to learn music. After learning from the owl, Narada sets to conquer Tumburu. When he reaches Tumburus's house, he sees Tumburu surrounded by wounded men and women, who he discovers are musical Ragas and Raginis, injured by his bad singing. Humiliated, Narada leaves and finally learns proper singing from god Krishna's wives.
Tumburu (second from left, standing) with (from left) LakshmanaLakshmana
Lakshmana, also known as Lakshana, is one of the eight chief wives or queens..., Narada, Vibhishana watch as RamaRama
As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Rama... and his wife SitaSita
Sita is the most benevolent Goddess, who is known... worship god ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... at Rameshvaram.
Tumburu is mentioned as the courtier of Indra - the god-king of heaven - as well as of Kubera, the god of riches. He is described as a follower of Kubera; his songs usually heard when passing Kubera's abode on Gandhamandana mountain. Tumburu is described as the special friend of KuberaKubera
Kubera is the God of wealth & is known as Dhanpati ... and leads the Gandharvas in music and singing, which is performed by Gandharvas and Kinnaras. Tumburu is described as a "lord of Gandharvas", along with other lords like Haha-Huhu, Parvata, Citraratha. Tumburu is sometimes mentioned as a Muni (sage), rather than a Gandharva. Tumburu is also described to lead Gandharvas to watch the battles of men and goes to Mount Meru to worship with the divine sage Narada and other Gandharvas.
Tumburu is also described as the preceptor of the Apsara It means a female spirit and is almost comparable to angels. They are considered to be divinely beautiful females possessing supernatural powers. They are elegant and brilliant at dancing and sometimes seduce gods and men.- divine dancer - Rambha. He is sometimes described as wedded to her. He only suffers a curse due to Rambha (See Ramayana section). Though thought to be as "the martial hero" of the Gandharvas, "yet one of the few yielding to love". In another reference, he is described to have two daughters Manovati and Sukesha, called Pancacudas collectively and who ride the Sun's chariot in the months of Chaitra and Madhu (Vaisakha). Tumburu is said to preside over months Madhu and Madhava (Magha).
In South India, Tumburu is often portrayed horse-faced. He holds the instrument vina that he plays as he sings. In another hand, he holds wooden cymbals, that he beats to maintain the rhythm. A South Indian legend records that Tumburu performed severe austerities and pleased god Shiva. Tumburu asked Shiva to grant him a horse-face, immortality, liberty to travel the universe, skill in music and singing and ability to reside with and serve Shiva. Shiva blessed him and granted the boons that he sought.