In Sanskrit ‘Tri’ means three and ‘Shula’ means a spear. Thus Trishula is a kind of spear with Three sharp points rather than one. It is one of the popular symbols of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is called also as ‘Trishula Dhara’ ie one who holds the Trishula.
When the Thumb and the little finger are bent or meet each other, while the Index, Middle and the ring finger are held straight. This Gesture looks like the weapon Trishula.
Lets take a look at the viniyoga (uses)
Trishula kara eritaha
The shloka says that Trishula Mudra can be used to denote :
- Bilvapatre: Bilva leaves ( A holy leaf used to worship lord Shiva)
- tritvayukte: A holy trinity (Brahma, Vishnu , Mahesh)
- Or an Idea of Three