Harihara Temple III was built in the last quarter of the eighth century, i.e. 775 - 800 CE. It is unique at Osian in that it faces east, only a few steps away from Harihara II. Constructed on a terrace, unfortunately, none of the facings remain. It was not planned as a pancayatana. The sanctum is rectangular, rather than square, as though it were intended to accommodate an image of Vishnu laying on the serpent Ananta. In this view photographed from the south at noon, an image of Harihara may be detected in the central niche. Immediately above, there is a register of Krishna narratives. Originally, a porch was not part of the design, but was added later - possibly owing to some influence from Harihara II.
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