According to the
locals, the village is so called because, the local Goddess Harshat
Mata is shown portrayed in a joyous mood and spreads brightness
or abha all around. The village's original name was Abha Nagri,
and its name today is Abhaneri.
The village is said to
have been founded by the legendary king Raja Chand
and thus the village could be over three thousand years old. However,
it is felt that the mythological Raja Chand could
be King Bhoja, who ruled over the Gurjar
kingdom in the ninth century AD. The ruins of the temple conform to 10th
century architectural and sculptural styes.
Mata temple dates back to the tenth century CE and is placed
under the protection of the Archeological Department of the Government of
India. Daily worship is offered to the deity in the temple.
The temple is in ruins
and pieces of sculpture showing a fine degree of craftmanship lie strewn
around. The image above is that of a carved pillar in the temple.An annual
fair held in honor of Harshat Mata lasts three days and
numerous devotees and merchants gather from neighboring villages.
This village also
boasts of another 10th century monument - The Chand Baori,
a vast well with flights of steps on three sides.