does Shiva's Trishul represent?
Trishul represents the
three aspects of consciousness - waking, dreaming, and sleeping, and it
represents the three Gunas- sattva, rajas, and tamas. Holding a Trishul
(Trident) signifies that Shiva (the
divinity) is above all the three states- waking, dreaming, and sleeping, yet is
the upholder of these three states. The divinity is beyond
the three Gunas, but it holds the three Gunas together.
is the power of Trishul?
The Trishul is a symbol
of power; hence many people tend to have it on their bodies to show their power
or control over their own lives. As a weapon, the Trishul represents Shiva's
ability to destroy evil. The three points represent the acts of creation,
preservation, and destruction. To Shaivites, Lord Shiva
fulfills all three of these roles. Shul means problems or
suffering. Trishul means that which has the power of destroying all kinds of
the suffering of the devotee. Three types of pain arise in life:
1. Adi Bhautik
3. Adi Daivik
can lift Trishul?
The Trishul (trident) has
been the most powerful weapon held by Lord Shiva,
capable of destroying the three worlds that are Swarg-Lok (Heaven), Bhu-Lok
(Earth), and Patal-Lok (Underworld). It is the weapon said
to have been used to sever the original head of Sri Ganesha. Maa Durga also
holds a Trishula,
as one of her many weapons. It has three pointed blades denoting creation,
maintenance, and destruction or that of three Kalas- past, present, and future
or that of three Gunas- sattva, rajas, and tamas. The trident of shiva is
infallible and cannot be averted by any divine or demonic energy, it destroys
everything in its way and can only be stopped by Lord Shiva.
Q4. Can we keep Lord Shiva
Trishul at home?
Trishul is considered very auspicious in Hinduism.
Bringing Trishul home in the month of Sawan, especially on Monday, brings many
favorable results- removes all the troubles; creates pure thoughts and mind;
gets connected to the Lord by balancing his thoughts and actions and gets
relieved from past, present and future and agony of birth, life and death. This
helps us to lead a life of bliss under the protection of Shiva. The Trishul can
be put in a standing position. Thus one can put a Trishul in a pooja room
Q5. How did Shiva get his
The origin of the Trishul-Astra is described in the Vishnu Purana.
Created in association with Lord Surya, the Sun God, it is said to have been
carved out of matter from Sun. The solar matter fell to the earth, reducing
1/8th of its original power. This material was later used by Vishvakarma to
create the Trishula for Shiva which was given to him, Sudarshana Chakra for
Vishnu, and the Pushpaka Vimana for Brahma. Trishul is now a widely accepted symbol of Shiva,
representing his three powers of will (iccha), knowledge (jnana), and action
Q6. What is Shiva's Trishul
Tri means three and Shool means spear, the weapon
held by Lord
Shiva is of great significance. Though this weapon has been held by a lot
of other deities, too, the one held by Lord Shiva is said to have many
properties. The name of Shivas Trishul is VIJAY, not Pinaak as
some people think, this Trishul is also eternal like Nag, Nandi, and
Vyaghrcharm of Shiva. This is the eternal most powerful weapon among all others
like Sudarshan Chakra, Brahmastra, Vaishnavastra, Pashupatastra, etc.
The three shoolas are Adhibhautik, Adhyatmic, and
Adhidaiwik. Trishul destroys these three tapas and frees his Bhaktas from all
pains and miseries.
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