Harshnath

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Harshnath
Harshnath is located in Rajasthan
Harshnath
Harshnath

Location of Harshnath temple in Rajasthan
Harshnath is located in India
Harshnath
Harshnath

Location of Harshnath temple in Rajasthan
Name
Other names हर्षनाथ्
Geography
Coordinates 27°31′0.7″N 75°11′0.2″E / 27.516861°N 75.183389°E / 27.516861; 75.183389Coordinates: 27°31′0.7″N 75°11′0.2″E / 27.516861°N 75.183389°E / 27.516861; 75.183389
Country India
State Rajasthan
District Sikar
Location Harshnath
Elevation 900 m (2,953 ft)
Culture
Primary deity Lord Shiva

Harshnath (Hindi: हर्षनाथ्) is an old Hindu temple situated in the Sikar district of the Indian state Rajasthan. It is 14 km from district headquarters Sikar.[1]

History[edit]

Harshnath, outer view

This Shiv temple, according to an inscription dated 973 CE, was built by the Shiv ascetic Bhavarakta, during the reign of Chahamana king Vigraharaja. It is surrounded by various shrines which lie in ruins.[2]

The original temple was later destroyed by Mugal Emperor Aurangjeb in 1679 AD. In 1718 AD, Rao Shivsingh made a new temple adjacent to the old temple using the ruins of the old temple.[citation needed]

Architecture[edit]

Harshnath Temple pillars

The temple & its surrounding shrines are now in ruins. The main temple faces east. Its pillars are profusely carved. On the inside west wall is carved a figure of standing Parvati [labelled Vikata] in panchagnitap along with her female attendants.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Districts of Rajasthan, Sikar District". www.rajasthandirect.com. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Archaeological Survey of India, Jaipur circle". Archaeological survey of India. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Harshnath at Wikimedia Commons