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Know the five Takhts of Sikhism

India TV News Desk 15 Dec 2014, 10:33:30 AM IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: India is known for its unity in diversity. India has always been a compilation of various religions and cultures. Various cultural architectures can be seen across the country depicting the rich cultural inheritance of the country.

Since many religions reside here, India also has a rich religious background. One of the religions of India is Sikhism, which is the fourth largest religion of the country. Sikhism was founded by their first guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 15th century.

Sikhism comprises of ten gurus, while their last guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji passed the Guruship to their present and eternal guru, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the holy book for Sikhs.

Sikh distinction was further enhanced by the establishment of the Khalsa Panth, by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

Though it was started over 500 years ago, quite young as compared to other religions of India, it has a rich cultural background and its cultural legacy can be seen athwart India.

One of the major inheritances of Sikhism is the Five Takhts.

Takht actually means a throne or seat of the authority. These five Gurdwaras known as the Five Takhts (Royal Thrones), namely Akal Takht Sahib, Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib, Takht Shri Hazur Sahib and Takht Shri Patna Sahib respectively, have a very special significance for the Sikh community.

They are considered the seats of Sikh religious authority. Many important decisions concerning the religious and social life of the Sikh community were made here

Here we present the history of these takhts and their importance respectively.