My previous visits at Golden temple and Jallianwala Bagh were fruitful. After relishing the street food I headed towards Akal Takht which was a worthy visit. I realized that my vacation is becoming productive and exciting as there were plenty of things to explore in this place
The Akal Takht is located just at a distance of 5 minutes’ walk from the Golden Temple. I walked towards this gigantic structure. It was built by Guru Hargobind in 1606 and is now a place where spiritual and temporal issues are addressed.
The name Akal Takht means “Throne of Immortal” and I explored the architectural beauty of the building. It is a five-storied building with a ‘gold-leafed dome’. The decorated paintings were an add-on to the beauty of the dome. The ornamented ceilings and architectural beauty were enthralling. I was astonished by the beauty of the building. No wonder, this place has become one of the famous tourist spot in the country. Amritsar has a lot to offer such as rich history and heritage with plenty of architectural monuments and buildings.
The love for historical places and monuments made me struck in this place for longer. But several places in the building were refurbished to patch up the damages done due to several political reasons. I collected more details about the building and explored the history of the building. It was built at Guru Hargobind’s play place which was a high mount. The word ‘Takhat’, means the throne or a raised platform on which the Guru used to sit to perform kingly duties.
Today the place was renovated impressively by the Kar Seva service of Sikh and ‘Jathedar’ is considered to be the supreme spokesperson here. The writs which are the announcements of Hakamnamas are created from the Takhat. It provides clarification on doctrines of Sikh religion. The religious guidance is also given here while the religious sacrifices and services offered for Sikhs are recorded by Takhat time to time.
Sikhs and other people from all over the world visit this place throughout the year as the place offers knowledge of Sikh religion and culture. I spent time until evening and returned to my room as it was getting dark.