Story of Shambuka Vadha by Rama (Rama killing Shambuka)

Lord Rama

Lord Rama

What is the Story of Shambuka Vadha by Rama (Rama killing Shambuka)? Padma Purana mentions the story of Shambuka Vadha as a conversation between Bhisma and Pulastya.

Shambuka Vadha story goes like this..

After killing the demons king Ravana, Sri Rama returned to Ayodhya. Many sages had arrived there to bless him on the occasion of his crowning ceremony. Sage Vashishtha was one of them.As Sri Rama was conversing with the sages a brahmin arrived there with the corpse of his son and wailed—“O son! Your death is certainly due to some flaw of Sri Rama. Now, your mother and I have decided to give up our lives as there is no point in living.”

Sri Rama’s heart was filled with grief and he asked Sage Vashishtha as to how the brahmin could be helped. Sage Vashishtha revealed to Sri Rama that the brahmin’s son had died a premature death because of Shambuk. Vashishtha said–“Shambuk is a Shudra by birth, but he is doing an austere penance. Shudras are not entitled to do penance in all the three yugas, except the Kali Yuga. So, only his death can bring back the brahmin’s son alive.”

Sri Rama instructed both his younger brothers – Lakshman and Bharata, to look after the state’s affairs in his absence and went in search of Shambuk boarded on his Pushpak Vimana. Sri Rama saw a man doing penance at the shore of a reservoir. He landed his Pushpak Vimana and went near that man. He introduced himself and enquired about the man’s identity. Sri Rama asked–Why are you doing such an austere penance. Who are you?

Without moving the man replied that he was a shudra named Shambuk. He said— I am desirous of attaining to devaloka and hence I am doing this penance. Sri Rama took out his sword and severed Shambuk’s head. All the deities hailed Sri Rama and the brahmin’s child became alive once again.

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  1. Richard Saxe Coburg says:

    Ram killed a low caste becasue he was scholarly and knew of what only the Brahmins were supposed to. Keeping the caste system in tact, this 'maryada purshottam'. Typical Hindu stuff which led to Muslims coming in and killing eveyone as no unity. Serves you right.

  2. RancY OshO says:

    RamA He WaS ThE BiggesT MotheR FuckeR Of HiS LifE . I Am RoyaL ChamaR AnD i ProuD To Be a ChamaR . He WasnT MaryadA PurshotaM . He WaS FuckinG RacisT AsS .

  3. Apt Reply says:

    India still survives and the hindu still survives. England has been whittled to a no power. When India was thriving, you were monkeys in your nation. Muslims came in and were absorbed in – despite everything and a few glitches on – hindus and muslims will live happily hear. We have seen your queen going bankrupt and your nation slowly slipping into abyss.

  4. Dev says:

    To preserve their dharma and to help Brahmins, Sri Rama and Lord Krishna could kill any Shudra without any logic ideology. Those were the teachings Ramayana and Bhagvathgeetha. Let God only help such religion where seventy percent of the Hindu population are not aware of their identity.

  5. Manne Narender says:

    Indrajeet died before Ravana . Ravana is father of Indrajeeth so Indrajeeth also Premature death how?

  6. Suraj says:

    What are u so proud of?being in position of judge to judge who cant be judge by anyone as no one have such strength to take right decesion like him. I dont support cast system but the person what he was doing was with wrong intension and u should not forget shabari she was the great devotee and even ram was bound to go and see her as she was having all kind of bhakti.and i dont need to tell what happen and who she was. Seek well to know what wrong intention was he having thats why he was killed

  7. Ravindran says:

    # often I wonder if karma decides Caste ND death ,how pre mature death of so called holy ones with immaculate birth died 2. For all reasons Attribution and consipiracy theory is woven.3. such a travesty God’s plays side kicks to the king , just because king nd blighting it as Kaliyug. Demeaning others life to no avail based on Caste. Above all who has to define Dharma – Manu ,Victor or vanquished.?

    No offence plz.I doubt kamba Ramayana recounts this.

  8. santoshkumar says:

    Ravana is a Brahman by caste.its due to their deeds they punished.not because of caste

  9. tilak says:

    killing sudras or sudras king is common In hindu religion ……..more over he is not god…