The headquarters of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Gopeshwar is located at a height of 1300 meters above sea level. It is famous for its temples and natural beauty enhanced by its wonderful weather. According to some, the name Gopeshwar is linked with Lord Krishna. It is one of the most important towns of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
The main attraction of Gopeshwar is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. Hundreds and thousands of devotees come here to seek blessings and offer prayers to the Lord. Gopeshwar is surrounded by four famous temples of Tunganath, Anasuya Devi, Rudranath and Badrinath.
This famous temple of Gopeshwar was built in the reign of Katyuri dynasty from 9-11 century AD. Gopinath Temple is the home of lord Rudranath which is the deity of one of panch kedar during winters. The ling is worshipped as ekanan (face of Lord Shiva), and in his mridh roop (in the form of Lord Vishnu) in Gopinath Temple. The temple is dedicated to two greatest gods of Hindus, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. This is the only Shiva temple where the milk and water are not offered up to the shivling and bel patri is the only offering. According to mythology a cow used to give milk on the Shiva Lingam every day at this place. When the king saw the cow performing this he decided to construct a temple at this place and since then this temple became popular.
The town of Chamoli is named after the Lord Chamolanath, as his idol emerged from under the ground centuries ago at this spot. This holy site is situated near the Block Development office of Chamoli. According to pujari Anand Singh, the structure of the temple was constructed in 1946. The structure of the temple is hexagonal which brings a strange contrast to the ancient idol inside.
|Chandika Devi Temple
This sacred shrine is also known as Ma Mahishasur Mardini as this is the spot where Chandika Devi killed Mahishasur. This temple is also considered as one the eight siddh peeths dedicated to Goddesses in Uttarakhand. Chandika Devi Temple was severely damaged by the earthquake of 1999, now it has been moderately rebuilt.
Sagar village is the commencement point of the trek to Rudranath which is the 4th Kedar dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 22km trek to Rudranath is the considered to be the toughest one amongst the Panch Kedar. Sagar is located 5kms from Gopeshwar on Gopeshwar - Ukhimath road and it also has a small temple dedicated to Raja Sagar.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Gopeshwar situated at a distance of 225kms annd is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Gopeshwar is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport and taxis are easily available from the Airport to Gopeshwar.
The nearest railway station to Gopeshwar is Rishikesh which is situated some 205kms before Gopeshwar on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India and trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Gopeshwar is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag and many other destinations to Gopeshwar.
Gopeshwar is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state and buses and Taxis to Gopeshwar are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Joshimath etc. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Gopeshwar is situated on the road connecting NH119 and NH58.