Sri Akal Takht, Punjab

Sri Akal Takht Gurudwara in Punjab is one of the famous sikh pilgrimages. Akal Takht means the throne of Amar and it is the supreme political institution of the Sikhs. “Akal” means “Timeless Forest” – Another word for God, and “Takht” means “Throne” in Persian. Akal Takht is an iconic building that is situated directly in front of Sidhi road which leads to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Akal Takht was founded by Guru Hargobind and it was located where the spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh community can be addressed.

Guru Hargobind joined Guruji in 1606 after the sad end of his father. That time he was eleven years old, Guru Hargovind immediately initiated the process of militarization of the Sikh faith. To adopt the traditional qualities of sovereignty, Guru Hargobind asked not to donate cash to his Sikhs, but horses and weapons. At the ceremony of accession, the Guru declared his intentions: On the turban, he will wear the Age of the ruler; Instead of an ascetic cell. He used to wear fencing with two swords of the symbol of Miri and Piri, the symbol of temporal and spiritual authority.

Architectural projects of Guru Hargobind, not surprisingly, reflect their agenda and their personality. On the fifth day of light day of 1663, Guru Hargobind Ji laid the foundation of Takht Akal Bung. The original structure of Akal Takht was made by Guru Hargobind Ji, brotherGurdas Ji and Baba Buddha Ji with his own hands. There was no other person or artist to make the stage. Guruji commented that the seat of the guru will serve the sect for eternity. Akal Takht was made less than one part of Harimandir Sahib, which meant that there is a sequence of significance. Therefore, the discovery of spiritual grace is always to move forward. Every year a huge crowd of devotees visits this gurudwara to receive the blessings of Guru.


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