Akal Takht Amritsar – One among the Five Seats Of Power

After visiting Jallianwala Bagh, we went to visit Akal Takht, which was located in the Golden Temple Complex in the city. It is one of the five Seats of Power of the Sikh community and was built by the sixth Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind. It is here the cases connected to serious religious offences committed by Sikhs are heard and decided. A Hakuamnamas or decree is issued by the Akal Takht which is applicable to all Sikhs and which they are bound to obey.

Akal Takht Amritsar

Akal Takht Amritsar | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The place where Akal Takht was built was where Guru Hargobind played as a child. A statue of him is also seen on the site. The original Takht was just a simple platform that rose to a height of 3.5 meters. Guru Hargobind used to sit here and hear petitions and make judgment. Later on an open air semicircular structure was made and now it is a five storey modern structure with marble works and a dome covered with gold leaves.

The structure is very beautiful in white and gold and we stood admiring it for some time. There were many people waiting go inside and we too stood in the line leading inside. The crowd waited patiently without pushing each other. Inside the Takh I saw the priests reciting hymns and singing melodious prayers. It was very melodious and made you peaceful at heart. During the evening time the priest recites evening prayers with a naked sword in hand. There was a museum here which showed some of the rare weapons used by the Sikh gurus and Sikh warriors. They even explained the important of each weapon and gave a lot of information to the visitors. We also viewed many wall paintings that looked really impressive.

From the windows of the Takht we had a fine view of the Golden Temple. Every night, after the Golden Temple is closed, Guru Granth Sahib is taken from the Golden Temple to Akali Takht. At the backyard of the Akali Takht there were many rooms where granthis recited hymns from the Granth Sahib. The sunset we viewed from here was very beautiful and as darkness fell, we set off to our hotel.


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