Abhaneri is an active and popular village located in Dausa district, Rajasthan state in India. This village is also located on Jaipur-Agra road (NH-11). It is 95 km away from the state capital city, Jaipur. This particular village is popular on the tourism map by the Harshat Mata Temple and Chand Baori step well. It is to be noted that this village is termed as one of the ancient villages in Rajasthan. It was very famous for its early medieval or post-Gupta monuments. To several museums worldwide, this particular village has directly contributed many valuable and traditional sculptures. This village was established between 9th and 10th century. The local dance of this particular region is Bhawai, Kalbelia and Ghoomar.
According to the historians and local scholars, the village of Abhaneri was established king Samrat Mihir Bhoj of Gurjar pratihar. He is also addressed as King Raja Chand of Gurjar Kingdom. As per the Rajasthan state government records, in 9th century, this particular village was established. The initial name given to this village was “Abha Nagri” which means the ‘city of brightness’. Later on this village came to be known as Abhaneri. There is a story behind the derivation of this village name. According to the Legends, it was Goddess Harshat Mata who in a good mood spread full brightness over this particular village and hence the name was coined based on it. Regarding the history of Abhaneri, the Rajasthan state government has limited documents.