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1.  TAKHAT SHRI AKAL TAKHAT SAHIB

The Takhat Shri Darbar Sahib Akal Takhat means The Seat (Throne) of the Timeless One or Seat (Throne) of God. Akal Takhat is located in the Golden Templen complex in Amritsar, Punjab. The Akal Takhat was initially built by the sixth Guru of Sikhs,GURU HAR GOBIND SAHIB JI as a symbol for political sovereignty of Sikhs. It stood as symbol of political and military resistance against the Mughal Empire in the 17th and 18th century.

 

2. TAKHAT SHRI KESGARH SAHIB

Takhat Shri Darbar Sahib Kesgarh Sahib (the birth place of the Khalsa). It is located in Anandpur Sahib, it was created by GURU GOBIND SINGH JI ji in 1699. Keshgarh Sahib is where the first Khalsa were initiated by GURU GOBIND SINGH JI on Vaisakhi day March 30, 1699 (this date is considered sacred).

 

3.  TAKHAT SHRI PATNA SAHIB

Takhat Shri Darbar Sahib Patna Sahib, one of the Five Takhats of the Sikhs, the Temporal Authorities of Sikhism. The Gurudwara at Patna Sahib is in remembrance of the birth place of GURU GOBIND SINGH JI, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. Like many historical Gurudwara's in India and Pakistan, this Gurudwara Sahib was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

 

4. TAKHAT SHRI DAMDAMA SAHIB, TALWANDI SABO

The Takhat Shri Darbar Sahib Damdama Sahib, one of the Five Takhats or Seat of Temporal Authority of Sikhism, Takhat Shri Damdama Sahib is situated at Bathinda in Punjab, India and is the place where GURU GOBIND SINGH JI, the tenth Sikh Guru, prepared the full version of the Sikh Scriptures called SHRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI in 1705.

 

5. TAKHAT SHRI HAZOOR SAHIB NANDED

Takhat Shri Darbar Sahib Hazur Sahib is a Sikh Gurudwara located on the banks of the River Godavari at the city of Nanded in the state of Maharashtra, Western India. The structure is built at the location where GURU GOBIND SINGH JI left this world. It is one of the five 'Takhats' (Seats of Temporal authority) in Sikhism. The inner room of the temple is called the Angitha Sahib and is built over the place where GURU GOBIND SINGH JI was cremated in 1708. Sikh historical records show that GURU GOBIND SINGH JI ordered his Sikhs not to create a monument to commemorate his leaving this world, anyone who defied this order would suffer the death of his/her offspring. Interestingly, knowing all these facts Maharaja Ranjit Singh ordered its construction, and most of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's offspring died, either through bad luck or unusual circumstances. The temple was finished in 1839; later that year, Maharaja Ranjit Singh died. After a series of killings and accidents, most of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's off springs died, with an exception of Daleep Singh who was sent to UK. There he married Bamba Miller and had 6 children. All the 6 children died without an issue. Thus all the offspring of Maharaja Ranjit Singh died.

 

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