“We should worship lord Shiva so that we are freed from our worldly attachments just like a fruit falls from a tree after ripening.
Once we are successful in doing this we are liberated from this vicious cycles of life and death.”
(Quotes from the Yajurveda, the third of the four canonical texts of Hinduism)
In Varanasi (Benaras) it is easy to see tridents (trishula in Sanskrit) almost everywhere as this symbol is wielded by the Hindu God Shiva who is also the God of the city.
Trishula means “three spear” in Sanskrit, the three points have various meanings and significance, it is commonly said to represent various trinities such as creation, maintenance and destruction, or past, present and future, or the three gunas…
It also represents the place where the three main nadis, or energy channels (ida, pingala and shushmana) meet at the brow.
Shushmana, the central one, continues upward to the 7th chakra, or energy center, while the other two end at the brow, there the 6th chakra is located.
The trisula’s central point represents Shushmana, and that is why it is longer than the other two, representing ida and pingala.
The weapon of Shiva emanates power and energy it is also called a Trishul, it is interesting to mention that the same word means “cross” in Romany.
This picture was shot at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges.
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