triśūla

(‘trident’)

Also called triśikhā (triple flame) and triśīrṣaka (three-headed), it is the trident (a weapon) normally shown in the hand of Śiva and some aspects of the Devī (the Divine Mother).

triśūla

Viśvakarma the divine architect, is said to have fashioned it out of a portion of the tejas of the Sun (solar disc). The Sudarśanacakra (discus) of Viṣṇu, the Śakti (spear) of Subrahmaṇya as also the Puṣpakavimāna (divine flying machine) of Kubera were also prepared by him from the same solar disc (vide Viṣṇupurāṇa 3.2.10, 11).