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RELIGION & MYTHOLOGY

  

 

 

  Manishvara

 

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Muneeswarar, who is also referred to as Manishvara, is a Hindu-Tamil deity, whose name is a compound of the word Mani, which means ‘Saint’, and the name ‘Ishvara’, a title given to Shiva. As such, he is considered a form of Shiva and his weapon is accordingly a trident (trisula). In temples, usually lemons are placed upon the prongs, as seen here on two of the three. They are medium or go-between of the gods, used to eradicate ominous spirits and ghosts, as well as bad things.