The presiding deity of Sri Harideva is believed to have been installed by Sri Vajranabh about 4800 years ago. The temple is located at a distance from the southern bank of Manasi Ganga. The original shrine was erected by King Bhagwan Das of Amber, the father of King Man Singh (Hindu general of Mughal emperor Akbar) during the reign of Akbar. The temple building is made up of Red sandstone while the base of the building is constructed with the limestone. The temple building in itself presents an imposing architecture of traditional Rajasthani style with the main shrine having the beautiful deity of Lord Harideva carved out of Black marble. In the anticipation of the attack of the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb the original deity of the temple was moved to Rajdhani near Kanpur for safekeeping.
According to the legend behind the appearance of Lord Harideva, Once Sri Radharani along with her Gopi friends was waiting for the association with Krishna. Completely absorbed in the intense feeling of separation from Lord Krishna Gopis started chanting: “Harideva, Harideva, Harideva” again and again. They were so much overpowered by this feeling of separation from Krishna that they were on the verge of giving up their lives. Suddenly, Lord Krishna appeared before them in the form of a seven year old boy lifting Govardhan hill in his left hand and the flute in his right hand. Seeing this beautiful and mesmerizing deity of Lord Krishna Gopis and Sri Radharani were filled with ecstasy and devotionally worshipped the deity of the Sri Harideva. The deity of Harideva is the presiding deity of Lord Govardhan and it’s said that the sacred circumambulation of Govardhan hill is considered incomplete without the blessings of Lord Harideva.