A brahmin of Vettavatī. Mātaṅga incurred his wrath by throwing his toothpick so that it fell into the river and stuck in Jātimanta’s hair. The latter therefore cursed Mātaṅga that his head should split in seven. Mātaṅga stopped the sun from rising until Jātimanta was forced to ask his pardon.¹
¹ J.iv.388 f; in SA. (ii.176 f ) the reason given for the curse was that Mātaṅga happened to tread on Jātimanta’s head.