Another version is that Lord Shiva turned Kamadev into ash but when the latter’s wife, Rati, performed penance here the Lord gave life back to her husband, Kamadev. The historical significance is more interesting. The carbon date of the temple dates back to 9th century into the Common Era and the trident has an inscription suggesting 12th century CE. The Gopinath Temple is built by the rich Katyuri Dynasty of these parts. The temple is very sturdily built with the same construction and style that was used for the Kedarnath Temple. The Shiva lingam at the Gopinath Temple is called Gopinath and is a self-emerging one. What is curious about the temple is the trident that doesn’t budge a bit. According to myth only a true devotee can move it. The Gopinath Temple is very easy to reach from Hardwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun and it is in Gopeshwar located between Badrinath and Kedarnath.