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Akal Takht, Amritsar

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Admire the Sikh architecture of Akal Takht, one of five seats of the Jathedars, the highest Sikh spokespeople. This takht originally dates from the 17th century, when Guru Hargobind had it constructed to demonstrate his sovereignty. Although the structure sustained heavy damaged by the Indian army during a 1984 military operation, the Sikhs restored it in 1995. Observe the grandiose building's gold-leaf dome, and step inside to take in the spiritual atmosphere and vibrant decor. Put Akal Takht at the forefront of your travel plans using our Amritsar trip maker app.
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  • Akal Takhat is a very important sikh Temple where they still have the swords and shields of the sikh warriors and guru's stored. 
    Akal Takhat is a very important sikh Temple where they still have the swords and shields of the sikh warriors and guru's stored.  more »
  • By the side of the imposing Golden Temple, the Akal Takht is impressive too. Worth spending some time here too. 
    By the side of the imposing Golden Temple, the Akal Takht is impressive too. Worth spending some time here too.  more »
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  • The Akal Takht ("Throne of the Timeless One") is one of five takhts (seats of power) of the Sikhs. It is located in the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) complex in Amritsar, Punjab, India. The Akal Takht (originally called Akal Bunga) was built by Shri Guru Hargobind Ji as a place of justice and consideration of temporal issues; the highest seat of earthly authority of the Khalsa (the collective body of the Sikhs) and the place of the Jathedar, the highest spokesman of the Sikhs. Originally known as Akal Bunga, the building directly opposite the Harmandir Sahib was founded by sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind, as a symbol of political sovereignty and where spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh people could be addressed. Along with Baba Buddha and Bhai Gurdas, the sixth Sikh Guru built a 9-foot-high concrete slab. When Guru Hargobind revealed the platform on 15 June 1606, he put on two swords: one indicated his spiritual authority (piri) and the other, his temporal authority (miri). The Akal Takht was built on a site where there existed only a high mound of earth across a wide-open space. It was a place where Guru Hargobind played as a child. The original Takht was a simple platform, 3.5 metres (10ft) high, on which Guru Hargobind would sit in court to receive petitions and administer justice. He was surrounded by insignia of royalty such as the parasol and the flywhisk. Later, there was an open-air semi-circular structure built on marble pillars and a gilded interior section. There were also painted wall panels depicting Europeans. The modern building is a five-story structure with marble inlay and a gold-leafed dome. Three of the stories were added by Ranjit Singh in the 1700s.
  • This is one of the Holy place of India which is located in Amritsar. This place is known as Golden temple. Akal takht is located inside Golden temple where WaaheGuru darshan can be done. It is situated at distance of 3km from bus stand of amritsar. Take Handkerchief or anything to cover your head inside temple. Everyone has to cover head when they go for WaaheGuru darshan. Akal takht is located in between Pond. Saturday and Sunday is most busiest day here. Too much crowd on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is helpful there. 24hrs Hours community Kitchen is there where you can eat food and have tea free of cost,this is called Langer in local language. Luggage room and shoe rack is there to keep your belongings over there. You can book room also there . They provide room at golden temple campus at very affordable price for more than 1 members.for single person you will not get room but they provide mattress and hall with lockers and fan you can rest over there. Overall you will find this place full of energy , full of devotion .

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