Why is it said that Lord Vishnu has given Lord Shiva his trident when there seem to be only 2 tales in this regard?:

  1. 1st as per Shiva Purana, the opposite happened, i.e. Shiva gave Vishnu his Sudarshana Chakra.
  2. 2nd as per Vishnu Purana, Vishwakarma gave both Shiva and Vishnu their respective weapons.
    If there is a tale about Vishnu giving Shiva his trident please share with proof.
  • "Why is it said that Lord Vishnu has given Lord Shiva his trident" -- where it's said actually? there is a story in some purana that to kill a demon they had to exchange their weapons...so after killing the demon, Vishnu gave (returned) trident to Shiva..may be related to that..
    – YDS
    Feb 11, 2021 at 16:15
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    @YDS Which story can you tell me.? I have seen in some youtube videos, n even some people in Quora saying that that's why I asked this question after searching almost every thing that I can.
    – Savdy.
    Feb 11, 2021 at 16:28
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    added the story in answer.. @Savdy
    – YDS
    Feb 11, 2021 at 17:04
  • @YDS nice to know this story but they were particularly saying given not returned anyways nice answer man. I got to learn a new story. 👍.
    – Savdy.
    Feb 11, 2021 at 17:07
  • yes, there is no point in arguing here dude. Bt i compare scriptures n their view pt n if it checks all the boxes then only its right n logical 4 me n i guess its the case 4 most but some ppl do believe blindly n that can be their faith no one can say anything about it as its their own choices. If u blv their interpretation correct then its ok also if u get inspired from someone or something. Its normal for every one @ YDS. Prd.. 👍😊🌞..
    – Savdy.
    Mar 30, 2022 at 8:49

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As per Abridged version of Vamana Purana by International Gita Society (IGS), Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu had to exchange their weapons to kill a demon named Jalodbhav. Here is the complete story (the text in [] added by me to clarify):

Narada was surprised and asked Pulastya why Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu had held Sudarshan chakra and trident respectively. Pulastya explained- "During ancient times, there was a mighty demon king named Jalodbhav. He had pleased Lord Brahma by his severe penance and was blessed by him to become immortal [can only be killed in very rare scenario when Shiva attacks with Chakra and Vishnu attacks with Trishula]. After receiving the boon, Jalodbhav became arrogant and started tormenting the deities and the sages. The deities sought the refuge of Lord Vishnu. They accompanied Lord Vishnu to Himalaya Mountain to meet Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva exchanged their weapons. Both of them went to kill the demon who on seeing them got scared and hid in a nearby river. Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva waited eagerly for him on the opposite banks of the river."

"After sometime, Jalodbhav came out of the river thinking that both of them must have departed by now. He climbed up the Himalaya Mountain and both the deities chased him. Lord Shiva attacked him with his chakra while Lord Vishnu pierced his trident in his chest. Jalodbhav died and fell down from the Himalaya Mountain." After finishing his story, Pulastya says- "This was the reason why both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shankar had exchanged their weapons.

So after this incident, Vishnu would have given (returned) trishula/trident to Shiva.

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