Each day of the 10 day Deepam Festival the Sulam is carried with reverence and pomp through the mada veedhi (Temple perimeter streets) about an hour prior to the designated panchamoorthies procession of that morning and evening.
During the daytime of the Mahadeepam day at Arunachaleswarar Temple, the Siva Sulam (representative the Lord’s Trident) traditionally is sanctified in the Braham Teertham through abshikeham and puja.
|Abhiskeham performed on morning of 10th Day of Deepam Festival|
|The Gods at base of Trisula|
The three points of the Sulam (Trident) are said to represent the triads of; creation, maintenance and destruction, past, present and future and the three conditions (sattwa, rajas and tamas). When looked upon as a weapon of Lord Siva, the Trishula is said to destroy the three worlds: the physical world, the world of the past) and the world of the mind (representing the processes of sensing and acting).
|At base of Trishula, Lord Siva and the Goddess on Rishaba (bull)|
|Immersion in the Brahma Teertham, Arunachaleswarar Temple|
In the human body, the Trisula also represents the place where the three main nadi, or energy channels (ida, pingala and shushmana) meet at the brow. Shushmana, the central one, continues upward to the 7th chakra, or energy centre, while the other two end at the brow, where the 6th chakra is located. The Trishula's central point represents Shushmana, and thus is longer than the other two representing ida and pingala.