Material: Metal body, can be short or long with or without a wooden handle
Primary Use: Destroy the three worlds
Still in Use?:
Presiding Deity: Lord Shiva
The word Trishula means Trident, and can be found in both short and long handled versions. More commonly they have sharp edges and always have the signature three pronged head. The weapon is most commonly associated with Lord Shiva and was said to have cut off the original head of Lord Ganesha. Each of it's three points said to convey different qualities, some believing creation, maintenance, and destruction, others past, present, and future and even body, mind and atman. Perhaps it means all of these qualities.
Lord Shiva's Trishula is said to be able to destroy all three worlds, physical world, the world of our ancestors and the world of the mind. The three worlds are supposed to be destroyed by Shiva and then moulded into a single non-dual plane of existence, that is bliss alone. As with all weapons from Dharma, it has a dual meaning and others reference the Trishula when looking at the Human body.