".....the kapāla (skull-cup) and the khaṭvāṇga (trident) are considered to be two of the greatest substances in the Vajrayana, especially if you are one of the highest Vajrayana practitioners." ~Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche~
"The trishula (khaṭvāṇga) is wielded by the Hindu God Shiva and is said to have been used to sever the original head of Ganesha. The three points have various meanings and significance, and, common to Hindu religon, 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 trishula is said to destroy the three worlds."
Padmasambhava, who is considered the superme subduer of rakshas (demons) is usually portrayed with a khatvanga or trishula. It leans in the crook of his left arm resting against his shoulder and therefore represents the inseparable connection between himself and his enlightened consort, the Dakini Mandarava.
According to the biography of Padmasambhava (attributed to Yeshe Tsogyal), his trident was an important aspect of his practice, the points standing for victory over the three poisons -- attraction, aversion, confusion/ignorance. In Dza Patrul Rinpoche's instructions for visualizing Guru Rinpoche, the three points represent essence, nature and compassionate energy, but they also stand for his mastery over the three times: past, present, and future.
This unique piece has been hand crafted by a Tibetan family who have been making ritual items for more than 50 years. It is based on a 15th C trident from East Tibet that is now housed in a museum collection. The base of the iron shaft has a five-prong iron vajra. The three points at the apex are engulfed with lively copper flames and flames also issue forth from the mouth of a laughing skull. The shaft itself is decorated with brass inlay in the damascened style made famous in Derge, East Tibet.
Material: Iron with Copper Flames and
Shaft inlaid with brass in the Derge style.
approx 20 inches x 6.5 inches
Tip: If rust appears on any of your ritual objects made from iron then gently apply olive oil with a toothbrush (used only for this purpose) and dry with a soft dry cloth.