In Sanskrit ‘Tri’ means
three and ‘Shula’ means a spear. Thus Trishula is a kind of
spear with Three sharp points rather than one. It is one of
the popular symbols of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is called also
as ‘Trishula Dhara’ ie one who holds the Trishula.
When the Thumb and the little finger are bent or meet each
other, while the Index, Middle and the ring finger are held
straight. This Gesture looks like the weapon Trishula.the
thumb and httle finger are bent.
Also used in other indian
classical dances Kuchipudi and Odissi.