Yes, that is my trishul tattoo, second one, done this saturday by Zaheer Chatriwalla ( U can reach him at Kraayonz Studio, 16th Road, he works with Sameer Patange, who runs the studio, and if u type Sameer Patange's name on google u will get his website and contact details; and Sameer is apparently a celebrity in his own right:) This one took us four hours, and almost 90 minutes before the actual work started, to decide on its details individually:) Zaheer is very meticulous and wanted the damru right, the trishul detailing he took from various trishuls so it looks elegant. He believes tattoos can be boring or kiddish, if not done with an artistic flourish. He did my first one too, a stunning Buddha face:)
The reason I selected the trishul was because I am naturally prone to selecting Shiva bhajans when I go for my singing classes and I love him amongst the triad. He stands for deep things, and more accessible divine qualities that is very yogi.
Trishul, I found out, represents the divine slashing of the three gunas -- rajas, tamas and sattva (action, stillness and harmony). It transcends these three states natural to human beings, and reaches u towards divinity. So also it represents the three states of creation, maintenance and preservation. The middle blade is longer because it is where the ida (left) and pingala (right) reach in a state of harmony in yoga, at the sushumna, the central nadi. Also, it is in this state of natural flow in the sushumna that the sixth chakra -- ajna, the chakra of intellect -- is pierced.
Damru, which Zaheer had done with equal flourish, is said to represent the manifest and unmanifest conjoined at the center. Apparently the two drums of the damru have different sounds, but when u beat them, they resonate as one sound -- representing that beautiful concept of ardhanareshwara where again the female and male principles(or disparate qualities) meet to create one complete being. Also, the damru beat of Shiva is the sound of creation, where, even as the Bible says, in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God! The damru beat is said to have let loose creation, as well as the syllables of sanskrit. The maheswara stotra, said to be based on this, has unconnected sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet which run as one sloka -- it is an amazing stotra to learn because the different sounds are difficult to prounounce together, and are deliberately tongue-twisting. The focus needed to pronounce them right is said to harmonise the mind...
So, yes, my addiction to tattoo art means I still have a Christian symbol and an Islamic one to `fix' on my skin. Then finally, a huge yoga one... But by and by... :)