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Trishula Hand Gesture (Mudra)

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)

Bilvapatre tritvayukte
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



    I would appreciate it if you give me some more hints
    on the case of the thrishula mudra, being the boyscout
    salute sign. What does this mudra denote (mean/when to use)
    and why scoutism usew it.
    Thank you in advance,

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