A boy who has not had his head shaven following the smārta (smarta) tradition is known as akṛtacūḍā (akritachura). Customs prescribe that the death of such a boy be followed by a night’s mourning. On the death of a boy who is a kṛtacūḍā (kritachura), or has had his head shaven, a three-night mourning must be observed.