It is said that the sage lived more than 1000 years back in the medieval period when there was a crisis of religious fortitude in the Indian subcontinent. The downfall of all the great dynasties and the lack of strong religious leaders was stirring a great commotion in the civilization. Amidst this upheaval came this enlightened man, saint Goraknath. His origins are not very clear but it is a certain fact that his teaching and his tribe the earthly Nath ascetic group preached the ways of simple and spiritual life among the people and restored their faith on themselves and on the greater third power. He travelled far and wide all across the country and established many spiritual scholastic units. The gorkha tribe in Nepal is believed to be the descendent of saint Gorakhnath. There are two main temples of this Nath monastic circuit, one in Nepal and other in Gorakhpur.
The Gorakhnath Math Temple has very a spacious premise with a serene and towering temple that houses the idol of the destroyer lord, Lord Shiva in its sanctum sanctorum. The Gorakhnath Math Temple arranges for religious and cultural affairs throughout the year and at present the head monk of the temple is the present Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.