Pictures commonly found across the internet depict Goddesses with their hair untied. Example:
My knowledge is that women shouldn't have their hair untied. I've also heard in discourses (pravachanams) that a woman should never let her husband see her with untied hair.
With that in mind, I had these questions:
What do our śāstras say in this regard? Can a woman leave her hair loose or untied?
Is depicting Goddesses with their hair untied, against what our śāstras recommend?
Another observation I've made is that North Indians are quite okay with Goddesses with untied hair, whether it's a painted picture or a digital image; however, South Indians condemn that practice. To what extent is my observation correct?
I tried searching for these doubts on the internet, but the best I got was a forum filled with opinions of few ladies who believe it's harmless to discontinue traditional practices that are not "modern".