The exclusive website of the Akal Takht, www.akaltakhatsahib.com, was launched from the Golden Temple complex here on Monday.
The website-launching ceremony was performed by Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh at the Akal Takht Secretariat in the shrine complex. Present on the occasion were Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar, senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk and several other priests of the shrine and SGPC officials.
"Keeping in view the global demands of the Sikhs, we decided to have a website only for the Akal Takht," Makkar said at the launch.
At the meeting of the Sikh high priests on March 25, it was decided that the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism, will have an exclusive website of its own. It will no longer have to depend on the website of the SGPC for establishing communication with the 'panth' (community members).
The home page of the website has photographs of the Golden Temple and the Akal Takht. All information relating to the Golden Temple and the Akal Takht will be available at the click of a mouse.
The website also contains photographs and all related information of Takht Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo, Takht Kesgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib, Takht Patna Sahib at Patna in Bihar and Takht Hazoor Sahib at Nanded in Maharashtra.
The website contains a list of all the jathedars of the Akal Takht since its inception. It also contains details of all hukamnamas (edicts) issued by the Takht, besides details of all the 'sandesh' (messages) issued to the Sikh community. It also provides details of all the honours and titles given by the Akal Takht to Sikh personalities in different fields, along with their photographs and profiles.
The website also contains photographs and details of the current jathedars of the five Takhts. It also gives information on the Nanakshahi calendar, which has been recognised as the official calendar of the Sikhs.
The website has been designed by Gurjit Singh and his team in ANG IT-Solutions of Amritsar. They were honoured by the Akal Takht jathedar on the occasion.
The website designers have also incorporated a "feedback form", on which suggestions and even complaints can be forwarded to the Akal Takht secretariat.
Sikhs can send their suggestions and even complaints through the website, which was needed to establish contacts with the 'sangat'
Giani Gurbachan Singh
Akal Takht jathedar