My wife and I just opened some Christmas packages that we received from family who live far away. One of mine was a pendant of Lord Vishnu with Adishesha overhead. The curious part is that in the Lord’s four hands He holds a discus, a lotus, a conch and a trident. I have never seen a trident associated with Vishnu. To be clear this is not Harihara (Half Vishnu, half Shiva).
The trident is meant to convey “mastery over the three worlds of Heaven, Hell, and the material world” which is all in line with my views on Narayana (Vishnu). But normally the trident would be associated with Shiva only. Certainly this cannot be a bad thing as I prefer to think of them as one anyway. I have long revered Harihara as the All in All. But I wonder what you, readers, can offer on the subject, particularly of the implications involved with a representation of God which appears to have no solid foundation in Hindu scripture, nor in generally accepted forms of Vishnu.
Merry Christmas to all of you who are celebrating.
Jai Sri Shankaranarayana
Aum Sri Brahmaputraya Namaha
Jai Hari Aum