Harshat Mata Temple, Abhaneri

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The Harshat Mata Temple (IAST: Harṣat Mātā kā Mandir) is a Hindu temple in the Abhaneri (or "Abaneri") village of Rajasthan, in north-western India. The temple is now dedicated to a goddess called Harshat Mata, although some art historians theorize that it was originally a Vaishnavite shrine.

The original temple appears to have been built in the panchayatana style, which features a main shrine surrounded by four subsidiary shrines. Only parts of the main shrine now survive and they have been ruined and modified over several centuries, with the tall shikhara tower replaced by a roof-dome. Much of the platform survives, with fragments of carved stones from the original structure, but most of the sculptures have been removed to the museums in Amber and Jaipur.

No epigraphic evidence survives regarding the temple's construction, but based on an analysis of its architectural and sculptural styles, historians believe that it was built in the early 9th century, shortly after the construction of the adjoining Chand Baori stepwell. The temple's original builder is unknown, but historians theorize that it may have been built by a Gurjara-Pratihara king, possibly in association with a local Chahamana vassal. The temple is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, but remains in religious use.
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  • Located across the road from the Chand Baori Step Well, the Harshat Mata Temple is an ancient Hindu temple that is dedicated to a goddess called Harshat Mata. This temple was believed to have been...  more »
  • The temple is next to the Chand Baoris and is free to enter. It is still in use and very meaningful for local people. If you want to go into the temple you must take off your shoes. It is not a...  more »
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  • Beautiful place nearby Jaipur .. it is in Abhaneri near chand bavri . Have to visit
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