How did the Akal Takhat come into existence in the Golden Temple complex?
In 1608, Guru Hargobind Ji built the shrine Akal Bunga opposite the Golden Temple. This is now known as the Akal Takhat (which was the first Takhat built in Sikh history). Akal means deathless and Takhat means throne. This is the highest Sikh temporal seat, the supreme authority.
What was the purpose behind the building of the Akal Takhat?
The Harimandir Sahib is a spiritual temple, reserved for sacred activities, such as seva, kirtan, meditation and prayer. Guru Hargobind Ji built the Akal Bunga, later named the Akal Takhat, to carry on administrative functions, including social and political activities. He also issued hukamnamas from the Akal Takhat. The Akal Takhat and Harimandir Sahib represent the Miri and Piri or the temporal and spiritual realms.
From “Living Reality” by Bhai Sahiba Dr. Inderjit Kaur Khalsa (Bibiji), Miri Piri Academy Press, Chheharta, India.
THE Bhai Sahiba
Internationally renowned teacher, author, and spiritual leader, Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa is the beloved wife of the Siri Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma and the Bhai Sahiba of Sikh Dharma International. She has published a book called Mantra: Personal Guidance Through the Power of the Word.