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Trident is a very auspicious weapon that has been associated with many deities in Hinduism. However, it is Shiva who gives the trident a different meaning and significance. Most ancient Shiva temples have a firm trident placed near the entrance of the temple. It conveys a sense of purity and protection. No form of Shiva is generally depicted without a trident.

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Dimensions 4.25 inch Height x 1.2 inch Width x 0.85 inch Depth
Weight: 25 gm
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Rather than the physical aspect, a Trident carries much deeper symbolism rooted in Hindu philosophy. Trident is known as "Trishul" in Sanskrit. 'Tri' means three and 'Shul' means spear, so a trident means three-headed spear. The number three holds much significance in the spiritual realm of Hinduism. It represents the three states of consciousness, that is Jagriti (waking), Swapna (dreaming), and Susupti (deep sleep). Shiva, holding the trident symbolises that he is beyond all three states. The three heads of trident also symbolise Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna, the three Pranic (subtle energy) channels of the body.

This beautifully crafted brass trident conveys the very essence of what a trident stands for. Firmly placed upon a square base, the trident also sports a Damru (a musical instrument), further symbolising its association with Lord Shiva. The trident is delicately crafted and has a magnificent finishing, making it a perfect sculpture to own.

The Trident as a Metaphor for Transformation: Understanding its

significance in Hindu philosophy The trident holds great significance in Hinduism. It is a spear having three prongs and is the principal weapon of Mahadev, Lord Shiva. He is always depicted holding his Trishul (Trident) in one of his hands. The Sanskrit word Trishul is the combination of two words i.e. "Tri" meaning "three" and "Shul" or "Shool" meaning "a stake". Goddess Durga, the consort of Lord Shiva, is also sometimes seen holding the trident in her arm as one of her weapons. She killed the great demon Mahishasura with it. Some Shaivites (devotees of Lord Shiva) also carry the trident with them as a means of protection. The Vedic scriptures are so vast and detailed that they deal with all aspects of knowledge, both material and spiritual. Anything mentioned in the Vedas is not imaginary or false, it is scientific and based on the knowledge of the Absolute Truth. Hinduism is rich in symbolism and Trident is considered one of the most powerful symbols. Let us know more about the trident and know its significance.

The symbolic meaning of the Trident

Considering the Trident only as a mere weapon is an incomplete understanding. There is a profound meaning behind its divine structure.

- The three prongs of the Trident represent the three modes of material nature; Sattva Guna (mode of goodness), Rajas Guna (mode of passion), and Tamas Guna (mode of ignorance), meaning that everything and everyone in the material world is influenced by these modes.

- Some also believe that the three prongs represent the three forces of creation, maintenance, and annihilation. The scriptures mention that the material universe is temporary (Ashashvatam) and therefore it is first manifested and again unmanifested, and this continues till eternity.

- The trident also symbolizes the three planetary systems. According to the Vedic Puranas, there are three worlds within the material sphere; the lower world (Bhurloka), the middle world (Bhuvarloka), and the upper world (Svarloka).

From bondage to salvation

The Trident is seen as a subtle attack on the negative tendencies or Anarthas such as lust, anger, greed, envy, ego, and illusion. These Anarthas pollute the mind and intelligence of the conditioned souls and cover their real identity and consciousness. As a result, they forget their eternal relationship with the Supreme Lord and become engrossed in material existence. The Trident is an awakening for all the forgetful souls to seek spiritual guidance to know about the Absolute Truth.

The attack or stroke of the Trident destroys all the Anarthas within their hearts. When this happens, the person transcends the modes of material nature and is situated in pure goodness (Shuddh Sattva). In this state of existence, he neither laments for the past nor hankers for anything and remains blissful in his spiritual identity. After leaving the material body, he does not take birth again in any of the planetary systems, but rather returns to the eternal abode of the Supreme. Hence, he comes out of the cycle of repeated birth and death and is not subject to the creation, maintenance, and destruction of the material world.

This is achieved when an individual takes the shelter of a Guru (spiritual master), Shastra (scriptures), and Sadhu (saintly persons) which are the most important symbolic representation of the three points of the Trident. Thus he breaks free from the bondage of the ocean of nescience and becomes liberated.
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