Akal Takht

Akal_Takht_illuminated,_in_Harmandir_Sahib_complex,_Amritsar

The Akal Takht, meaning throne of the timeless one, is one of five takhts (seats of power) of the Sikh religion. It is located in the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex in Amritsar, Punjab. Akal Takht is situated exactly opposite to the Golden Temple within the temple complex. Akal Takht is a combination of Persian and Punjabi words, literally, it means “The seat of Timeless one” or “The seat of God”. The Akal Takht was built by Guru Hargobind 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.

History :

Akal_takhat_amritsar 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. The Akal Takhat was founded by Guru Hargobind on June 15, 1606 (now celebrated on 2 July) and was established as the place from which the spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh community could be acted upon. The original Takht was a simple platform, 3.5 meters (11 ft) high, on which Guru Hargobind would sit in court to receive petitions and administer justice. He was surrounded by the 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. 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. Contemporary restoration work found a layer of paint decorated lime plaster that might have been part of the original structure but later than the time of Harminder.

Architecture:

Harminder_Sahib_by_Night,_taken_from_the_east,_with_Akal_Takht_Sahib_in_the_background Interior_of_Akal_Takht Akal Takht is a great 5-storied modern structure (3 stores were built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh) with inlaid marble and a gilded dome, but that does not convey the Guru Hargobind’s design of simple Takht. The original Takht was a simple platform, 3.5 meters (11 ft) high, on which Guru Hargobind would sit in court to receive petitions and administer justice. He was surrounded by the 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. Contemporary restoration work found a layer of paint decorated lime plaster that might have been part of the original structure but later than the time of Harminder.

The best time to visit Amritsar is between November and March when the weather is comparatively pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and visiting the Golden Temple. However, sometimes the temperature can touch a freezing – 4 Degree Celsius.

How To Reach: 

By Air: Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport Amritsar is 11 km away from the Akal Takht, Which is well connected to all major city of India.

By Rail: Amritsar Railway Station is well linked to other railheads in the state and also connected to most of the cities in India. 

By Road: There are bus services available that connect Amritsar with cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Shimla, Jammu and other towns in North India.

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