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Akal Takht


The Akal Takht meaning throne of the timeless one is one of five takhts of the Sikh religion. It is located in the Harmandir Sahib complex in Amritsar, Punjab, about 250 miles northwest of New Delhi. 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 and the place of the jathedar, the highest spokesman of the Sikhs.

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Google previewSikh Shrines in India (2016)

by G. S. Randhir

The Akal Takht is a massive five storey building standing on a marble paved platform. The ground floor was ready in 1774 and four storeys were added later by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Golden dome was constructed by famous Sikh ...

Google previewThe Sikh Separatist Insurgency in India (2008)

Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements by Jugdep S Chima

The Akal Takht is a shrine located in the Golden Temple complex in the city of Amritsar. The Akal Takht is considered to be the “primary seat of Sikh religious authority and the central altar for Sikh political assembly”.22 Its religious authority ...

Google previewSikhism (2002)

by Jon Mayled

b The Akal Takht is a political, religious and community building. How might other religions benefit from a ...

Google previewTime Out India (2010)

Perfect Places to Stay, Eat and Explore by Time Out, Time Out Guides Ltd

The Akal Takht is a five-storey structure across the courtyard facing the Darshani Deori. Built by Guru Hargobind in 1609, it is the seat of Sikh religious authority, and serves as the resting place for the Adi Granth at night. After the last prayers ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Sikhism (2005)

by W. H. McLeod

Sri Akal Takht: A Symbol of Divine Sovereignty. Chandigarh: GGSF, 1994. Arshi, P. S. The Golden Temple: History, Art, and Architecture. New Delhi: Harman, 1989. Aulakh, Ajit Singh. About the Golden Temple. Amritsar: B. Chattar Singh Jiwan ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena (2007)

by J Gordon Melton

At the close of the day, the Adi Granth is wrapped in ritual cloths and returned to the Akal Takht. Next to the complex of temple buildings are dormitories and dining halls where all persons, regardless of religion, race, or gender, may find free ...

Google previewA Popular Dictionary of Sikhism (2005)

Sikh Religion and Philosophy by W. Owen Cole, Piara Singh Sambhi

They are, Akal Takht, Amritsar. This was established by Guru Hargobind in 1609 on a site opposite the Harmandir Sahib. Patna Sahib, in Bihar, Keshgarh, at Anandpur Sahib in the Punjab, Nander near Hyderabad, Maharashtra, Damdama ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the World's Religions (1997)

by Robert Charles Zaehner

The Akal Takht, compelling and unifying symbol of Sikh always a symbol of mm and pin, has, faith and Sikh community. FOR FURTHER READING 437 Sikhism.

Google previewMiracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present (2016)

An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present by Patrick J. Hayes

the sixth guru, constructed the Akal Takht in the Golden Temple and issued the hukamnama (edict) asking the Sikhs ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sacred Places, 2nd Edition [2 volumes] (2011)

by Norbert C. Brockman

The Golden Temple has numerous small shrines, including one, Akal Takht (“ Throne of the Ever-Living God”), which displays the arms of warrior gurus. The temple is open to both Sikhs and other visitors, but it must be approached with head ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism: N-Z (2002)

by James G. Lochtefeld

In one of the most dramatic events of this period, the Akal Takht, the traditional symbol for Sikh temporal power, was stormed by ...

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