Following the revival of religious tattoos, many people opt to get a ‘Trishul’ tattoo. No Lord Shiva image is complete without his favored weapon. When people think of Him, the immediate next link is about his preferred weapon. The Trishul embodies Hindu mythology's holy trinity: Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. Now, what exactly is this divine weapon, and why are many people choosing to get a tattoo of it?
The ‘Trishul’ is the divine weapon of Lord Shiva, one of Hindu mythology's three primary deities. This weapon is also said to be one of the many weapons wielded by Goddess Durga. The origin of the word is from the Sanskrit language, from त्रि, meaning ‘three,’ and शूल, meaning ‘a sharp iron pin or stake.’ Lord Shiva is said to use this weapon to defeat evil, usually in the form of demons or ‘asuras.’ The three blades also signify the three Gunas – ‘Rajas, Tamas, and Sattva’ as well as ‘Swarga, Bhumi, and Pataal,’ i.e., heaven, earth, and the underworld. The Trishul tattoo is famous with followers of Shaivism.
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. It can also be used as a symbol of protection, as the gods used the original Trishul to protect their followers from evil. Some people believe in this weapon as a symbol to ward off evil and temptation from their lives and keep them on the path of good and righteousness. Tattoo lovers could use it to show off one’s love for the open and mysterious seas. Women tend to portray this symbol as the favored weapon of Goddess Durga or a portrayal of their innate strength and power.