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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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  • Next to Chand Baori is Harshat Mata Temple. While it's in ruins very badly destroyed by Mughals it's worth a visit to experience the work of art on stones. 
    Next to Chand Baori is Harshat Mata Temple. While it's in ruins very badly destroyed by Mughals it's worth a visit to experience the work of art on stones.  more »
  • Its an awesome experience to visit the temple which is the shadow of our glorious past. The ruins give your brain the exercise to imagine what the past would have been. The view is beautiful with the....  more
    Its an awesome experience to visit the temple which is the shadow of our glorious past. The ruins give your brain the exercise to imagine what the past would have been. The view is beautiful with the....  more »
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  • Harshad mata kuldevi temple is one of ancient goddess temple it is also made with Chand baori , it is now under Rajasthan tourism authority so it is taken care really good . nowadays reconstruction work is also going through to make it more better for tourists, foreigners are coming here to see Chand baori soo much, it is mostly crowded by foreigners but due to pendemic only locals are visiting.harsad mata mandir is also our kuldevi temple so we are devoted to harsad mata so much.
  • Nice place to see and old architecture well maintained

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