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Akal Takht - Shaster


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Preserved in the Akal Takht Sahib are the Historic shasters of Guru Sahib and their beloved warriors.

Unlike the shasters displayed at Anandpur Sahib which are housed in a large windowed structure and can be viewed from all sides - the Shasters at Akal Takht Sahib are housed in a Gold Throne with latticed doors - though beautiful, it makes viewing the shasters difficult, and therefore they cannot be seen clearly or are missed by many of the sangat.

These shasters are ceremoniously displayed to the sangat after Rehras in the Akal Takht.

This beautiful collection of Shasters include The Meeri Peeri swords of Guru Hargobind Sahib- a sword of Guru Gobind Singh - daggers of the sahibzade Baba Ajit Singh and Baba Jujhar Singh - A 10 kilo sword of Bhai Bachitter Singh - A large Khanda of Baba Deep Singh - and a large Khanda of Baba Gurbaksh Singh.

Some of these shasters were damaged during the army attack of 1984 - I believe some were lost and some have been restored.

Here is a darshan of the shasters - picture taken before 1984 :


* taken from Des Pardes (weekly) UK - Front cover 10 Aug 1984

Ceremonial Display - from late 1970s


* taken from Guru Nanak's Birthday - Margaret Davidson - Pergamon Press - 1982

The Meeri and Peeri swords of Guru Hargobind Sahib


Chakars and Shasters of Baba Deep Singh Shaheed.


* Both pictures taken from - The Golden Temple - Mohinder Singh, Sondeep Shankar - UBSPD & NIPS - 2002

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