Amritsar is all about Golden Temple, But you can’t miss the Akal Takht, the ultimate power hub for Sikhs.
And hey, if you’re lucky, you might just get to witness a guy reciting evening prayers with a sword in his hand!
Apart from that, you can also catch a glimpse of some rare weapons used by the Sikh Gurus and warriors, displayed in the Golden Palanquin. And if you’re into bedtime stories, then the daily ceremony of putting the Guru Granth Sahib to bed is a must-see! It’s like a spiritual version of tucking in your kids, except it’s a holy book.
Now, the history of the Akal Takht is equally fascinating. Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh Guru, along with Bhai Gurdas Ji and Baba Buddha Ji, built this Gurudwara with their own hands. No architects or laborers were hired for the job, because let’s face it, who needs them when you have three Gurus?
Interestingly, the site where the Akal Takht stands today was once where Guru Hargobind played as a little boy. And later on, the Takht became a venue for the Guru to listen to the people’s woes and hold court.
During Maharaj Ranjit Singh’s reign, the Akal Takht was decorated with gold.