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Matted hair, worn as a sign of mourning, and also as a distinguishing mark by ascetics. Śiva, as the archetypal ascetic, is invariably portrayed as wearing his hair in this fashion, often formalized or elaborately extended for artistic effect—hence his epithets jaṭādhara (‘wearing the jaṭā’) and jaṭāmukuṭa (‘crown of jaṭā’).

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