The Akal Takht or the throne if the timeless is located in the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), which is in Amritsar, Punjab. It is one of the five takhts of the Sikhs. Built by Guru Hargobind Sahib in 1606, the Akal Takht is a placed of justice and the place of Sikhs’ highest spokesman. For many years, the gurus dealt with secular matters in this building.
Built on a raised platform by Guru Hargobind to defy the edicts of Emperor Jehangir. Jehangir declared that nobody except the emperor shall occupy a throne of more than three ft; Guru Hargobind built Akal Takht on a platform of 12 ft. However, Akal Takht is built lower than Harmandir Sahib as a mark of respect. Akal Takht, the supreme seat of the Sikhs bore the brunt of the attacks during Operation Blue Star in 1984. However, with donations collected from devotees, it was reconstructed.
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Presently, the Takht is a marble building with a gold-plated roof and five floors. The building still has the 19th-century murals and it includes a museum of holy weapons. There is also a garden and a separate tank near the Takht. Ghanta Ghar, the main entrance with the Victorian Clock on top, the Adh-Sath Tirath or the shrine of the 68 holy places, Darshani Deorhi are other important sites inside the complex.
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