Akal Takht Overview

Ranked 6 of 45 sightseeing in Amritsar

Akal Takht is one of the five seats of Sikh religious authority. It also serves as the central altar for Sikh political assembly. Literally, Akal Takht means 'Throne of the Immortal', in which 'Akal' refers to the Timeless One and 'Takht' means the throne. The stone of this building was laid down by Guru Hargobind Sahib on June 15, 1606.  Located in the Harmandir Sahib complex, this building faces the Darshini Deorhi which leads to the Golden Temple.

Of all the five takhts established by the panth (community),  Akal Takht is the supreme.  It is followed by Keshgarh Sahib (Anandpur), Patna Sahib, Hazur Sahib and Damdama Sahib. Original structure of Akal Takht was built by Guru Hargobind Sahib, Bhai Gurdas Ji and Baba Budha Ji. In order to imply the order of importance, they constructed the Akal Takht lower than the Harmandir Sahib.  

The original Takht of Guru was a simple platform, which was raised 3.5 metres high. Guru Hargobind Ji used to sit on this raised platform with all marks of royalty and from here dispensed justice for all the disputes of Sikh community. Presently, Akal Takht is a 5-storey modern structure, adorned with marble and a gold-leafed dome.
 

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M S

M S5.0/5

3 reviews

Beautiful, peaceful place.

This place is incredibly well maintained- not a speck of dirt! There is extreme calmness which encapsulates the heart. I could sit here for hours on end.
  • Beautiful, peaceful place.

Parth Sabharwal

Parth Sabharwal5.0/5

379 reviews

Supreme court of Sikh religion

Guru Hargobind Ji built this Akal Takht for the pure decision for the benefit of Sikhs in Sikhism. There are five takhts in India but Akal Takht is the supreme among all.

Gopy Wala

Gopy Wala5.0/5

1 review

Amazing place

I am amazed when I entered in Akal Takht Sahib Ji, it has great experience of my life. I think every one has to visit once in their lifetime. I visited this holy place more than 20 times, and I wish more.

A S

A S3.9/5

453 reviews

Do visit this place on your trip to Amritsar

It is very near to the golden temple therefore do visit this place on your trip to Amritsar.

Donarun Das

Donarun Das3.6/5

213 reviews

Essentially it is a seat of the kings

Inside the Golden Temple complex, this is one of the 5 takhts of Sikh religion. Situated opposite to the gate of the main temple, this gurudwara marks the symbol of justice. Essentially it is a seat of the kings.

Sabyasachi Rayc

Sabyasachi Rayc3.6/5

192 reviews

Timeless Seat

The Timeless Throne is situated just opposite the Harmandir Sahib. The highest council of the Sikh faith sits here. The Adi Granth moves from the Hanrmandir Sahib every night to the Akal Takht. Cover it as you do your Parikrama.

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