Our Panj Takht
Takht is a imperial throne. It is a royal seat of a monarch to issue imperial fiats. This is also refered to as a Sachcha Takht, the true throne, sitting on which true justice is done. It became common for Sikhs, at least by the time of fivth Nanak, Guru Arjan Dev ji, to refer to the Guru as Sachcha Patshah (true king) and to his gaddi (spiritual seat) as Takht and the congregation he led as darbar (court). Formally , to proclaim Sikh faith’s common concern for the spiritual and the worldly, synthesis of miri and piri, Guru Hargobind Sahib ji (sixth Nanak), adopted royal style. For the ceremonies of succession, he had a platform constructed opposite the Golden Temple, naming it Akal Takht. There are five Takhts in Sikhism. All the five Takhts are a fountainhead of inspiration and a centre of enlightenment for the entire Khalsa Panth. Each Hukum (commandment) is revered by a Gursikh.
Sri Akal Takht Sahib ji
Akal Takht is the primary seat of Sikh religious authority and central altar for Sikh political assembly. It is located in front of Golden Temple in Amritsar (Punjab, India). While the Golden Temple stands for spiritual guidance the Akal Takht symbolizes the dispensing of justice and temporal activity. It’s foundation was laid by Guru Hargobind sahib ji. The Akal Takht Sahib was a royal seat. The envoys and the ambassadors of the royal states were received here, in the darbar. It was a judicial court where the cases of the public were decided; it was the highest office deciding military stratagem; it was the supreme seat of Sikh polity and it was the major centre of philosophical and educational activities. It was here that the Guru revealed the Sikh philosophy of Miri and Piri (the Oneness of Temporal and Spiritual ). The Two flags representing temporal and spiritual were installed at the Akal Takht Sahib ji.
Takht Sri Patna Sahib ji
Sri Patna Sahib is the birthplace of tenth Nanak Guru Gobind Singh ji. It is situated in the city of Patna in India. This sacred place has the honour of being visited by the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji, and the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur ji. It is from this place the commandment of valiant and fearlessness was issued to the Sikh fraternity. After bidding an adieu to his promising childhood at Sri Patna Sahib, Guru Gobind Singh ji, stepped into the holy land of Sri Anandpur Sahib. Gurudwara Patna sahib ji is regarded as the centre for propagating Sikhism in the East India. This is the second accepted and acknowledged Takht of the sikhs.
Takht Sri Anandpur Sahib ji
Takht Sri Anandpur Sahib ji is one of the most important sacred places of the sikhs and is closely linked with their religious traditions and history. Anandpur sahib was founded by ninth Nanak, Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji in 1665. Guru Gobind Singh ji came to this town in 1674 when he was only eight years old and he spent about 25 years of his life in Anandpur Sahib. At this place, in 1699, on the Baisakhi day (13th April), Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh ji created KHALSA by baptizing five beloved Sikhs known as “Panj Piaras”. This place is well known for the birth of Khalsa – the pure one.
Takht Sri Damdama Sahib ji
Takht Sri Damdama Sahib ji is situated in the village of Talwandi Sabo at Bathinda in Punjab, India. After leaving the fort of Anandpur Sahib and passing through Chamkaur Sahib, Maachiwara, Deena Kangar followed by the historic war of battle of Mukatsar, Guru Gobind singh ji arrived here in 1705. On this place Guru ji took a break and relaxed. Due to this reason this is famous as Damdama Sahib ji. From Damdama Sahib Guru ji released orders (Hukamnama) and declared this sacred place as a Takht. This is the place where Guru Gobind Singh ji prepared the full version of the Sikh Scriptures called Guru Granth Sahib ji in 1705. It was transcribed by Bhai Mani Singh ji. The hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji were added into this.
Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib ji
Takht sri Hazoor sahib ji is the principal Sikh shrine at Nanded in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It marks the site where Guru Gobind Singh ji had his camp in 1708. The tenth Guru held his court and congregation here. It is the place from where the tenth Guru rose to heaven along with his horse Dilbag. Guru Gobind Singh ji had desired one of his Sikhs, Santokh Singh, who supervised the community kitchen, to remain in Nanded and continue running Guru Ka Langar. A number of other Sikhs also decided to stay back. They built a small shrine in memory of Guru Gobind Singh ji and installed Guru Granth Sahib ji in it.