The temple of Gopinath is present in the godly state of Uttarakhand in India. The Gopinath Temple of Chamoli district is devoted to Lord Shiva and is pilgrimaged by many devotees and travelers all-round the year. People visit the Gopinath Temple form all over the country and abroad to worship the destroyer god, Lord Shiva. The religious significance of the Gopinath Temple is second to only the Panch Kedar temples i.e. (Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar and Kalpeshwar) of this region. Legends tell a tale that Lord Shiva on being disrupted while meditating, got enraged, and hurled his trident towards Kamadev, the perpetrator. The Trident got stuck at this spot and hence the establishment.
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.
Gopinath Temple open at 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM