Tumburu; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Tumburu (तुम्बुरु) is depicted as part of a Naṭarāja sculpture on the third pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—Śiva dancing with his consort Umā is very well carved in the semi-circular medallion. By the side of Śiva is a figure with feet in the pose of vīrāsana, but the body and the head turned in ninety degrees towards Śiva. His head looks like that of a horse. We identify him with horse-headed Tumburu.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Tumburu (तुम्बुरु).—A Deva Gandharva. He was the best musician among the Gandharvas. Birth. Tumburu was the son of Kaśyapa, son of Marīci and grandson of Brahmā, born of his wife Pradhā. Of the sons of Kaśyapa the four Gandharva sons, Tumburu, Bāhu, Hāhā and Hūhū were noted for their sweet and pleasant conversation. (See full article at Story of Tumburu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Tumburu (तुम्बुरु).—A sage. Some details.

2) (i) This sage was one among the many sages who came from the north to visit Śrī Rāma on his return to Ayodhyā after the exile. Those who came from the north were—Kaśyapa, Vasiṣṭha, Atri, Viśvāmitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, Bharadvāja, Sanakādis, Śarabhaṅga, Durvāsas, Mataṅga, Vibhāṇḍaka and Tumburu. (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa).

2) (ii) Tumburu was one among the ṛṣis who visited Bhīṣma lying on his bed of arrows. (Chapter 47, Śānti Parva).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Tumburu (तुम्बुरु) is the name of a Gandharva king who caused the Śivapurāṇa to be narrated in the Vindhya mountain range, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa-māhātmya chapter 5.—Accordingly, as Girijā (Pārvatī) said: “[...] O Tumburu, the favourite of Śiva, ever ready to do as I wish, blessedness be thine. Accompany this lady immediately to Vindhya mountain. There is an awfully terrible Piśāca there. [...] After undergoing the tortures of many hells, the wicked wretch is now roaming in the Vindhya mountain as a roguish sinful Piśāca. Narrate the holy sanctifying tale of sacred Śivapurāṇa, that quells all sins, in front of him. Immediately after hearing the great story of Śivapurāṇa his soul will be cleared of sins and he will cast off his ghosthood. [...] Tumburu, the comrade of Nārada, went to the Vindhya mountain seated in the aerial chariot in the company of Cañculā, the sinless woman and saw the Piśāca laughing, crying and loudly shouting by turns. [...] Thereafter, for the sake of the discourse on Śivapurāṇa, Tumburu made elaborate festive arrangements. There was much talk and discussion among the people of all the worlds ‘‘Oh, Tumburu has gone to the Vindhya mountain at the suggestion of Goddess, to narrate the story of Śivapurāṇa to redeem the Piśāca’ [...]”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

1a) Tumburu (तुम्बुरु).—An expert in divine music; had two daughters Manovatī and Sukeśā;1 a friend of Candrodaka dundubhī.2 A Gandharva disciple of Nārada, came with the sage to see Yudhiṣṭhira, and returned to heaven with him;3 sang with Nārada the glories of Ananta;4 praised Hiraṇyakaśipu when he became the overlord of all worlds.5 Sang the praise of Kṛṣṇa when he held the Govardhana;6 presiding over the months of Madhu and Mādhava.7 His two daughters were celebrated as Pañcacūḍas;8 residing in the Sun's chariot in the months of Caitra and Madhu.9

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 47, 49.
  • 2) Ib. 96. 117.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 13. 37 and 59.
  • 4) Ib. V. 25. 8.
  • 5) Ib. VII. 4. 14.
  • 6) Ib. X. 25. 32; 27. 24.
  • 7) Ib. XII. 11. 33; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 4.
  • 8) Ib. III. 7. 9; IV. 20. 50 and 101.
  • 9) Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 3; 36. 47; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 3.

1b) A friend of Anu, son of Kapotaroma.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 20.

1c) A friend of Andhaka.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 118.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Tumburu (तुम्बुरु) was a gandharva (demi god) who, owing to a curse, became a demon (yakṣa). Tumburu, in the service of Kubera, lord of treasures, happens to see Rambhā, one of the celestial nymphs and falls in love with her. He tries his luck on her. Being not happy with the attitude of Tumburu, Vaiśravaṇa, another name of Kubera, curses him to become a terrific demon. On realising his mistake Tumburu begs to Kubera to put a term to the curse. Vaiśravaṇa that is Kubera tells him that he Tumburu (or Virādha) will have an encounter with Rāma and when the latter cuts off his (Virādha’s) arms, he will be relieved from his curse. Till then he will wander in the forest under the name of Virādha.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (rāmāyaṇa)

Tumburu (तुम्बुरु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.49, I.65, II.48.23) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Tumburu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Tumburu (तुम्बुरु) is the name of an author of Sanskrit works dealing with music.—Some writers think on the basis of the occurrence of the expression ‘Tumburu-nāṭaka’ in Locana’s Rāga-taraṅgiṇī (12th century) that Tumburu wrote a play. But this tumburu-nāṭaka seems to have meant a kind of dance-drama originating with Tumburu.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Tumburu is one of the prominent Gandharvas. He is well know for his skill in music, and has a very intimate relationship with the Apsara Rambha.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tumburu (तुम्बुरु).—Name of a Gandharva.

Derivable forms: tumburuḥ (तुम्बुरुः).

See also (synonyms): tumbaru.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tumburu (तुम्बुरु).—m.

(-ruḥ) 1. One of the Gandharbas or singers of heaven. 2. A celestial inhabitant and attendant upon the sanctified Jaina teachers. n. (-ru) Coriander. E. tubi to hurt, &c. uran affix; also with the pen. long tumbūru.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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