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