The Shiva Trishul means basically trident in the Indian language. It is commonly used as a Indic (Hindu-Buddhist) religious symbol. The word means “three-headed spear” i.e. “trident” in Sanskrit and Pali.
In India and Thailand, the term also often refers to a short-handled weapon which may be mounted on a danda or staff but unlike the Okinawan sai, the trishula is often bladed. In Malay and Indonesian, trishul usually refers specifically to a long-handled trident while the diminutive version is known as a chabang or tekpi.
The trishul symbolism is polyvalent and rich. The trishul is wielded by the Hindu God Shiva and is said to have been used to sever the original head of Ganesh. Durga also holds a trishul, as one of her many weapons and there are many other gods and deities, who hold the trishul weapon. The three points have various meanings and significance, and, common to Hindu religion, have many stories behind them. They are commonly said to represent various trinities—creation, maintenance and destruction, past, present and future, the three gunas. When looked upon as a weapon of Shiva, the trishul is said to destroy the three worlds: the physical world, the world of the forefathers (representing culture drawn from the past) and the world of the mind (representing the processes of sensing and acting). The three worlds are supposed to be destroyed by Shiva into a single non-dual plane of existence, that is bliss alone.
In the human body, the trishul also represents the place where the three main nadi, 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, where the 6th chakra is located. The trishul’s central point represents Shushmana and that is why it is longer than the other two, represent ida and pingala.
Help yourself feel the power and energy balance of aligning your chakras (or at least looking like it ) when you wear the Shaman Trishul Topi.