DATE: 6th Dec 2018, Thursday
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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