Current Affairs 6th Dec 2018

DATE: 6th Dec 2018, Thursday 

Current Affairs

Prepared by: Maharana Sibasankar

Sources: THE HINDU and Indian Express

43.The role of the 5 Sikh takhts, and the debate over a proposal for a 6th


A proposal for a sixth Sikh takht at Guru Nanak Dev’s birthplace in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan has sparked a debate in the Sikh community.


  • Takht is a Persian word which means the imperial throne.
  • At present Sikhs have five places as takhts.
  • Three in Punjab —
  • Akal Takht (Amritsar);
  • Takht Keshgarh Sahib (Anandpur Sahib);
  • Takht Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo) —
  • The other two are
  • Takht Patna Sahib (Bihar) and
  • Takht Hazur Sahib (Nanded, Maharashtra).
  • Akal Takht (Throne of the Timeless One) is the oldest of the takhts, and considered supreme among the five because it was created by a Sikh guru himself
  • Damdama Sahib was the last and the most recent one to be recognised as a takht

What is the role of takhts?

  • Takhts are known to issue hukumnamas or Sikh doctrine and code of conduct on issues that concern the community.
  • Any edict or order concerning the entire community is issued only from Akal Takht
  • Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) appoints the jathedars (Leader of Jatha/Clergy/Takht) for these.

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