Trisula (Trishula, Trident of Shiva)

Trisula means “trident.” The Trisula (or, trishula) is the three-pronged sacred weapon of the Hindu deity Shiva. In a general sense, the trisula represents the deity in his three aspects of Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. The symbolism od the trisula is similar to that of the Buddhist triratna; its three prongs represent the various triplicities in Shaivism (Shiva worship), including the three principles of pasa (Lordship, the divinity of Shiva), pasu (man’s base animal nature), and pasa (bondage, including illusion and karmic debt) central to Shaivite doctrine. Buddhist Trishula The three also represent the three shaktis (powers): will, action, and wisdom, and the three main nadis (energy channels) ida, pingala, and shushumna, which allow kundalini energy to travel through the chakras. In Buddhism, the trisula is usually found atop the dharmachakra, rather than a lance, and has the same meaning as the triratna.

Hindu deity Shiva with Trisula

Related Symbols: Vel of Lord Murugan Tilaka Tiratana (triple gem)

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Millisa May 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

hi is it appropriate to put the trisula symbol as a tattoo

Bob February 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

Yeh it’s fine to have one if you want because that means your tattoo represent everything that a trisula represents power , wisdom etc…

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