Though the builder of Harshat Mata Temple is unknown but the historians are of the opinion that it was built by some local Chahaman vassal of Gurjar-Pratihar kings. Constructed on a raised plinth and east-facing, the temple of Harshat Mata was built in Mahameru style of temple superstructure comprising Panchratha Sanctum, Sandhara Garbhagriha, pillared ‘mandapam’ and domical ceiling. Each niche of ‘garbhagriha’ has enchanting Hindu deities. The main attraction of the temple is its deep relief carved sculptures. It was famous as a centre of the Shakti cult in that period. The idols and images in the temple are the work of the skilled sculptors and artists on stone and metal. The sculptural work takes us back to the tradition of Deogarh School during the Gupta period. Sculptural dexterity is revealed from the heap of stones lying around the new temple, constructed out of the ruins of the old one. The images on the inner walls of the new temple are carved in deep relief and scenes representing secular character. In the post Gupta sculptures of Abhaneri, inspiration has borne fruit and the sculptured stones pulsate with surging life that gives the female form the poise and tenseness of rising sap. The sculptures of Abhaneri illustrate scenes of music, dance, nature, beauty and the meeting of lovers. The forms are ancient, the idiom lyrical, there is a flesh of abandon, of richness and fullness handled with a restraint that is masterly. Harshat Mata Temple is a live temple, partially restored on the ancient ruins. It’s still in use by the locals and Hindu devotees and regular worship rituals are carried out. It’s an example of the will of the villagers to keep their heritage intact.