One of the most recognized and ubiquitous symbols of Lord Shiva is the trishula, the trident. It is fairly common, in Shaivite iconography, to have anthropomorphic forms of Shiva represented with trishula in hand. It is also not uncommon to see the trishula alongside Shiva’s aniconic (Linga) form. On rare occasions, one even finds the trishula is Shiva’s very representation in the absence of any other. The trishula is such a powerful symbol of the Lord that when one sees the trishula, one thinks of Shiva.
About Lord Shiva
Along with Brahma, the creator, and Vishnu, the protector, Shiva makes up one third of the trinity of Hindu gods. Shiva is the destroyer and regenerator, and is one of the oldest gods of India. There have been images of Shiva found in India, which date back as far as 2500 BC.
Shiva is destroyed creation after every Kalpa, while simultaneously becoming the great ascetic, preserving the world with his meditation. In fact, Shiva is often called the Destroyer, though it is more accurate to consider him the God of Transformation, as his associations are mostly tied to the creation spawned from destruction, rather than the destruction itself.
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