A 63-year-old man in India has become popular after his six-foot-long dreadlocks gained the attention of media.
Sakal Dev Tuddu from the Munger district of eastern Bihar state wears his mat of hair on top of his head like a turban and claimed he hasn’t cut or washed his hair in 40 years.
He told Daily Mail that one night, some 40 years ago, his hair spontaneously wove itself into a ‘jatta’ or dreadlock, which he called a “blessing from God.”
Sakal Dev believed in a dream that God visited him and told him not to cut his hair. He has obeyed ever since the instruction and it has been 40 years since that dream. He also quit drinking and smoking as a devotion to his deity.
Sakal Dev’s hair is matted into one huge knotted lock, which he ties up in a white cloth when he goes out to keep it clean.
His dreadlocks would trail on the ground behind him unless he wrapped them up.
Sakal’s neighbors have named him ‘Mahatma Ji’ as a mark of respect for his holy appearance and humble demeanor.
Curious people from all around the world have come to meet Sakal Dev and take his photograph, but he greets them all with good humor.
Sakal Dev has worked for the forest department for 31 years and lives with his wife Rupiya Devi, three sons, three daughters and seven grandchildren, who have no problem with his unruly mane. He is renowned as a traditional healer and prepares home-made treatments for childless couples.
In 2018, the world’s longest dreadlocks record was set by 55-year-old Kenyan-resident Florida woman Asha Mandela, whose hair measured an incredible 110 feet (34m).