- Shambuga’s father was a loyal assistant in the heroes’
father’s household. His son will soon carry that tradition into
the next generation.
- Among other things Shambuga’s father was a drummer and
village crier whose job was to announce major events to everyone in
- People liked to gather around him to hear the latest news and
to receive important festival invitations.
- One day the heroes’ parents started out on a long
pilgrimage, hoping to reach Lord Shiva’s Council Chambers. At
that moment Shambuga’s mother and father stood before them and
requested that they bring back the boon of a son.
- When Tamarai succeeded in reaching the heavens she
remembered the request made to her. She conveyed this wish to Lord
Shiva and his wife Parvati.
- Shiva said he would take the life spirit of the famous
warrior, Asvathamma, and place it in a small pot for her to carry
back to give the childless couple.
- Magically, a lovely little pot appeared before Tamarai.
- Lord Shiva sent a light to the pot that carried with it his
- Six years later, after Tamarai’s own sons were born, the
family returned to Ponnivala. Soon the two boys set off to find
their new assistant and playmate.
- Tamarai had told them where his parents’ house was. The boys stood in front of it and called out to him.
- A boy just their age answered the door. He told them his
name was Shambuga!
- The two palace boys asked him to come out and play with them.
And so he came forward.
- Shambuga led Ponnar and Shankar to the family fields to meet
the many animals there.
- Soon Ponnar and Shankar were having fun petting two young
calves that belonged to their family.
- Shambuga had magical powers from the start. He jumped over a
high fence and asked the two boys to follow him.
- Then Shambuga chased the family’s two young colts. The
boys were amazed to see that he could run as fast as these horses
- Next Shambuga stepped in front of the horses and made them stop running.
- Then Shambuga ran over to a clump of rocks and pulled out two
- He killed these snakes and skinned them. He needed
these for what he would do next. He had a plan.
- Shambuga tied up the skins using special knots and made horse
halters out of them!
- Then he told the boys to get on the horses and practice
riding. It was great fun!
- Ponnar and Shankar brought the horses to the front door of
the palace. Then they thanked Shambuga and asked him to take the
two magical beasts to the family stable. There they would be
protected. The horses would rest well each night.