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Akal Takht

The highest seat of spiritual and temporal authority of the Sikh faith, Akal Takht is located adjacent to the Golden Temple, in Amritsar of Punjab. Also known as 'Akal Bunga', Akal Takht was revealed in 1609 by Guru Hargobind - the sixth Sikh guru.

Akal Takht, a massive five story building on a marble paved platform, is a storehouse of various weapons used by Sikh Gurus and heroes. These artifacts are displayed to the public every evening. The golden dome of Akal Takht was built by the famous Sikh general Han Singh Nalwa.

The present site of Akal Takht was once a playground where Guru Hargobind used to play during his childhood days. Guru Hargobind was acceded to Guru Gaddi - the seat of Gurus - at this place. Later, he made it a court of justice and many Sikhs came here to redress their grievances.

Hukamnana - the royal orders, issued by Jathedar (custodian) of Akal Takht, is to be followed by all Sikhs.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Amritsar


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