Akal Takht

The Akal Takht is located in the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex in Amritsar, Punjab. The Akal Takhat was founded by Guru Hargobind on June 15, 1606 (now celebrated on 2 July). It stood as a symbol of political bulwark against the Mughal Emperors in the 17th and 18th century.

 The original takht was a simple platform, 3.5 metres (11 ft) high, on which 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. 

The modern building is a five storey structure with marble inlay and a gold-leafed dome. Three of the stories were added by Ranjit Singh in the 1700s. 

The Jathedar of the Akal Takhat is the highest spokesperson of the Sikh Panth. The Guru Granth Sahib is installed in the Golden temple every morning and returned at night to the Akal Takhat (Timeless Throne),  Inside the Akal Takhat, you can view a collection of sacred Sikh weapons.

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