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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 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 and significance in Sikh political affairs emanates from the popular Sikh tradition which teaches that the sixth Sikh guru, Hargobind, wore two swords—one representing miri (spiritual authority) and the other representing piri (temporal power)—when ...

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 room and board. The Har Mandir received its common name, the Golden Temple, after the upper exterior of the temple was covered with gold in 1830. The Golden Temple made world headlines in 1984 when it became the site of a battle between ...

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 Sahib, near Batinda in the Punjab. This was declared to be a takht in 1966 by the Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. By the time Guru Hargobind became leader of the Sikhs the influence of the Guru had become temporal as well as ...

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 to put on arms for ...

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 covered and feet bare. On arriving, pilgrims give sweet bread to the attendants, who redistribute it to visitors as they leave the temple. The compound surrounding the reflecting pool contains sleeping accommodations, and meals are served daily ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Developing World (2013)

by Thomas M. Leonard

The sixth Guru, Hargobind established the Akal Takht ( Timeless ...

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