Lord Shiva’s Trishul (Trident) - Significance and Meaning

Trishul has great significance in Hindu Religion , It is in the hands of almost all the deities but it has the Greatest significance when it is held by Lord Shiva or Goddess .Now why Trishul has been given so much of significance in our culture does have a very deep meaning which is beyond the apparent.

Trishul is polyvalent and rich in nature. polyvalent means having the property of counteracting several related poisons or giving immunity against many different strains of a microorganism . but in our case it has the capacity to remove our many different negative qualities which inhibit us to be one with the almighty so helps to makes us rich at spiritual level. Lord Shiva’s Trishul is supposed to destroy the physical world, attachment to gross the illusionary world which seems so real ; the world of the mind, the ahamkaar or ego which is a barrier between Me and HIM , thus transforms to be in the third world that is the world of spirituality –thus leads to oneness Shiva into a single non-dual plane of existence, that is bliss alone.

The three prongs of Trishul represents:

The trinity GodsBrahma , Vishnu , Mahesh ; sarasvati , lakshami and kaali .
The 3 modes of Nature-Creation, Maintenance and Destruction.
The 3 Kaal (Tense) - Past, Present and Future
The 3 Gunas-Sat, Raj, Ram
The 3 LokSwarga, Bhu and Patal.
The 3 Powers -Will, Action and Wisdom.
The 3 MiseriesPhysical, Mental and Spiritual.

Significance of Lord Shiva Trishul

God Shiva trishul represents the three aspects of consciousness – waking, dreaming and sleeping. 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.As trident symbol represents auspiciousness, so by praying and giving pure thoughts to the mind with devotion we can be ONE with lord by balancing our thoughts and actions which can relieve us from Past, present and future or agony of birth, life and death. Thus help us to lead a life of bliss while still being under the protection of the almighty.

Shiva’s trishul represents the three fundamental aspects of life. These are the three fundamental dimensions of life that are symbolized in many ways. They can also be called Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. These are the three basic nadis – the left, the right and the central – in the pranamaya kosha, or the energy body of the human system. Nadis are pathways or channels of prana in the system. There are 72,000 nadis that spring from the three fundamental ones.The Pingala and Ida represent the basic duality in the existence. It is this duality which we traditionally personify as Shiva and Shakti. One can simply call it masculine and feminine and the certain qualities in each nature.

Wordwise Meaning of Trishul

Tri means three.
Shul means problems or suffering.
When unified, the Trishul means that which destroys the three-fold suffering.Therefore the Trishul is a symbol that offers relief from the three types of pain that arise in our human life experience.
Three pains arise in human life are:
1. Aadibhautik (physical)
2. Aadhyaatmik (spiritual), and
3. Aadidaivik (ethereal)

Commonly referred to as a “weapon of Shiva”, the Trishul carries the power to destroy three worlds of illusion: the physical world, the world of past lives, (Karma) and the world of the mind, (ego). It indeed bestows divine protection through its presence.When these three worlds are “destroyed”, one enters into the Divine non-dual space of enlightenment or pure bliss. Hence the destruction becomes the transformation!

Lord Shiva Trisul Mritunjaya mantra : 

 ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात्

“Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat॥”

Shiva Trisul Rudra Mantra :

This is known as Rudra mantra. Rudra Mantra is recited to get blessing of Lord Shiva. It is considered effective for the fulfilment of one’s wishes.

ॐ नमो भगवते रूद्राय ।

Om Namo Bhagwate Rudraay |

Jay Sambho !!!

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