As per this site, Kulasekara Azhwar indicates the incident of Shri Rama killing Shambuka in verse 749 in the 10th dashakam of Perumal Tirumozhi of the Muthalayiram of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham. The relevant verse is:

செறிதவச் சம்புகன் தன்னைச் சென்று கொன்று செழுமறையோன் உயிர் மீட்டுத் தவத்தோன் ஈந்த
ceṟitavac campukaṉ taṉṉaic ceṉṟu koṉṟu ceḻumaṟaiyōṉ uyir mīṭṭut tavattōṉ īnta

My sweet Lord Rama went and slew Shambuka of terrible penance, gave life to the dead Vedic seer. Note 2

One can listen to the above verse of the Perumal Tirumozhi at 50:23 onwards in this video


  1. Does the Sri Vaishnava tradition (scriptures and commentaries, not necessarily on Valmiki Ramayana) record the incident in detail and if yes, are there any variations from the Ramayana and Puranas, (where Shambuka is killed merely because he was a shudra ascetic/ wanted to attain heaven with his mortal body); for example was he an asura and not Shudra human? Note 1
  2. What is the Sri Vaishnava justification/ view with regard to this incident, irrespective of any variation from the Ramayana and Puranas? (Also in case there is no variation how is the killing explained/justified just because he was merely a Shudra)


  1. Had read on a Tamil site which I can’t find that Shambuka was actually an asura named Jambuka (both written as cambuka in Tamil) and not a human Shudra (the upside down penance can give a clue as to this fact). His being an asura and a Brahmin dying makes more sense.
  2. Translation from here
  3. I don’t understand Tamil
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    Yes all scholars accepts that Lord Rama did indeed slay sambhu of evil mind he wanted to be become lord of indra which is shiva himself and attain devi parvati the intention of tapas was totally adharmic so he was executed
    – Prasanna R
    Commented Feb 28, 2021 at 13:33
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    @SethuSrivastsaKoduru, no I’ve read and upvoted it. The question is different. Here the question doesn’t want to go by the Ramayana puranic tradition. We want to see if we’re missing something. Eg was he an asura. Sri Vaishnava will hopefully give us a very authentic picture without any caste bias etc. Saw the quora also it’s nice.
    – Adiyarkku
    Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 4:02
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    Asura term can be contextual one who is exhibiting tamasic qualities is an asura even tough he be born brahmin here he did intense penance for dethroning lord shiva that is adharmic totally this is obviously entice punishment of severe order where it is non obvious Wasserman punishment see would you be able know anybody intention except lord
    – Prasanna R
    Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 8:41
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    @Archit, Sudra doesn't mean Asura. Krishna in chapter 16(please read whole chapter, to be specific verses 15-18) says that people think they are high born wealthy and perform sacrifises in name. Are demonic. Obviously he is refering to corrupt dwijas. Aswatthama and Vidura compare them. Duryodhana and Yudhistira. In fact Krishna says I come from age to age to destory wicked people. Then he should have come to destory Sudras 😂 if we use this logic. But who were destoryed ? Foolish bad Ksatriyas. Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 10:12
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    Also please read Gita 16.3 commentary by Swami Sivananda. All Devine qualities Krishna lists , Sivananda Swami identifies them with all Varnas. Kshama and Dhriti are the special alities or Dharmas of the Kshatriyas (warrior class). These are the Sattvic alities of Kshatriyas. Saucham and Adroha are the special Dharmas of the Vaisyas. They are the Sattvic alities of the Vaisyas (merchant class). Absence of pride is the special Dharma of the Sudras (servant class). It is a Sattvic ality that belongs to the Sudras.The divine wealth or Daivi Sampat consists of twentysix attributes. Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 10:30


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