The Sikhs across the world celebrate foundation day of Sri Akal Takht Sahib on July 2 every year. The Akal Takht is the first and the most important of the five Takhts or seats of religious power in Sikhism. It is the highest site of authority that addresses the spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh community.
Established in 1606, it served as a symbol of political resistance against the Mughals during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Akal Takht foundation day was celebrated on July 2 when Baba Buddha Ji and Bhai Gurdas Ji completed the construction of the platform. Originally known as Akal Bunga, the building directly opposite to the Harmandir Sahib. The Akal Takht Sahib was constructed as a symbol of political sovereignty and where spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh people could be addressed.
Today, it serves as one of the most important religious sites and tourist attractions in Amritsar.
Located in the same complex as the famous Golden Temple aka Harmandir Sahib, this intricately designed white structure offers a splendid sight.
Together with Baba Buddha and Bhai Gurdas, the sixth Sikh Guru constructed a nine-foot-high concrete slab. When Guru Hargobind revealed the platform on June 15, 1606, he placed on two swords – Miri and Piri, which signifies his temporal authority and religious authority respectively.
The sixth guru used to sit down on the Akal Takht and administer justice because the Sacca Patshah. A court docket was was once held on the Akal Takht Sahib by Sri Hargobind ji. Hari Singh Nalwa, a basic of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, , adorned the Akhal Takht with gold.