Sikh Panj Takhts Gurudwara Names, Pictures, History And Images

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Panj Takhts Gurudwara Names, Pictures, History And Images

1. Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Amritsar (Punjab)
2. Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib (Punjab)
3.Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Gurudwara, Bhatinda (Punjab)
4. Takht Sri Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Patna (Bihar)
5. Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)

Takht (Punjabi: (Gurmukhi), (Shahmukhi), (Devanagari)) which literally means a throne or seat of authority is a result of historical growth of Sikhism. There are five Takhts and these Takhts are the five Gurudwaras which have a very special significance in the Sikh community. The first and the most important one was established by Guru Hargobind Sahib in 1609. It is called ‘Akal Takht’ (the Throne of the Timeless God) and is situated just opposite the gate of Harmandir Sahib – The Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Akal Takht Sahib

Akal Takht Sahib literally means Eternal Throne. It is also part of the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar. Its foundation was laid by Guru Hargobind Sahib. The Akal Takht is situated opposite to Harmandir Sahib and are connected by a passage. The building of the Akal Takht opposite the Golden Temple has a special meaning. While the Golden Temple stands for spiritual guidance the Akal Takht symbolizes the dispensing of justice and temporal activity. During the day the Guru Granth Sahib is kept at the Golden Temple, while at night it is kept in the Akal Takht Sahib. In earlier days all Sikh warriors sought blessings here before going to the battle fields. During the 18th century while Sikhs were fighting a guerrilla war in the forests, they used to gather at the Akal Takht on special occasions such as Baisakhi and Diwali. Here the community used to have general meetings and approve resolutions. The Akal Takht is the oldest of the Five Takhts.


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Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib

Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib is situated at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. It is the birthplace of the Khalsa. The order of the Khalsa was founded here by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. Some of the weapons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji are displayed here.

Takht Sri Hazur Sahib

Takht Sri Hazur Sahib is situated on the banks of Godavari River in Maharashtra state of India. This is the place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji left for heavenly abode. The inner room of the temple is called Angitha Sahib and is built over the place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji was cremated in 1708 A.D. He also conferred guruship on the Guru Granth Sahib and directed the Sikhs to consider the Guru Granth Sahib an embodiment of the Guru.

Takht Sri Patna Sahib

Takht Sri Patna Sahib (Takht Shri Harmandir Sahib Patna) is situated in Patna city which is also the capital of Bihar state of India. Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born here in 1666 and he spent his early childhood before moving to Anandpur Sahib. Besides being the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Patna was also visited by Guru Nanak and Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib at different points of time.


Takht Sri Damdama Sahib

Takht Sri Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo) is situated in the village of Talwandi Sabo near Bhatinda in Punjab. At this place Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed for approximately a year and compiled the final edition of Guru Granth Sahib also known as the Damdama Sahib Bir in 1705.

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