The word Takhat (Gurmukhi: ਤਖਤ) literally means 'throne', 'royal seat' or ‘seat of power’ or ‘throne of authority’. It is common to refer to the central presence of the Guru in the main prayer hall in a Sikh temple as the "Guru's Takhat". It is a dominant platform upon which the holy Granth is place in the Darbar hall in Sikh Gurdwaras.
It is also the name used to refers to one of the 5 main bodies of authority for the Sikhs. Sometimes the word ‘Takhat’ is spelled ‘Takat’ or even ‘Takht’.
These authoritative bodies of power are:
Akal Takhat at Amritsar,
Takhat Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur,
Takhat Patna Sahib in Bihar District,
Takhat Hazur Sahib in Nanded and
Takhat Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo, Bhatinda.