Gopinath temple is situated in Gopeshwar city of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. The temple is topped by a dome and 24 doors leads to the sanctum sanctorum , which is 30 sq. feet in area. There are several broken idols around the temple which support the theory that in ancient times there were several more temples in Gopeshwar.
In the courtyard of the temple there is a trident (Trishul) about five metre high made of eight different metal dating back to the 12th century and bears inscriptions attributed to Anekmalla, king of Nepal who reigned the region in the 13th century. Another inscriptions records the erection of a royal edifice by him in 1191 A.D.
The legend goes that the trident belonged to Shiva who threw it at Kamdeva (The God Of Love) to kill him and it got fixed in this spot. While brute force can not move this Trident , the slightest touch by a true devotee can cause a tremor in it is the belief of the people here. The metal of the trident does not appear to have become weathered by the elements over the century.