Sri Akal Takht, Amritsar

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Sri Akal Takht, literally meaning the Eternal Throne, is the highest seat of the temporal authority of Khalsa and is the nucleus of all spiritual activities of the Sikhs. Built by the 6th Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, Sri Akal Takht is the oldest and the most supreme of the five Takhts in India. Located in the Harmandir Sahib complex, Sri Akal Takht is strongly recommended for tourists, especially Sikh travellers, in Amritsar.

Symbolic of the sovereignty of the Sikh Nation, this five-storey structure is characteristic of inlaid marble, a gold-leafed dome and a semi-circular platform that opens into the courtyard. Adi Granth kept within the Golden Temple during the day is transferred to the sacred premises of Sri Akal Takht in the night. It is also the site of ancient weapons that were used by Sikh warriors during the assault on the Golden Temple in 1984.

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