Avadhuta is often associated with some sort of eccentric and spontaneous behavior from a holy person. This comes partly from the fact that mystics who have achieved this level of spiritual enlightenment may forgo the wearing of clothes or other normal social behavior.
The type of person who fits into this category can be classified as one of several types of avadhuta:
- Brahmavadhuta (born as an avadhuta)
- Shaivavadhuta (those who have renounced the material life to live as a sannyasa)
- Viravadhuta (usually puts red paste on the body and wears saffron-colored clothing)
- Kulavadhuta (shows no outside signs of their spiritual status)