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.