By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Jatamukuta, JaTAmukuTa, Jataamukuta
Jaṭāmukuṭa literally means ‘hair dressed up as a crown’.
Jatā means matted hair and mukuṭa means crown. If the matted hair on the head of a deity is dressed up as a crownit is called ‘jaṭāmukuṭa’. We find it on the head of the deity in some forms of Devi, Śiva, Kārttikeya and Śāstā (Ayyappan).
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore