Grand Lodge of India
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Out of a total of 277 individual Lodges in India, 145 opted for the new Grand Lodge of India. This represented a little over 52 per cent of the Warranted Lodges in India.
Advent of Freemasonry in India
Freemasonry traces its roots in India in the early years of the 18th century. In 1730 officers of the East India Company held their meetings in Fort William in Calcutta. The number given to the Lodge was 72.
The Goshamal Baradari, Hyderabad, built in 1682 by Sultan Abul Hassan Tanasha, is the oldest building used as a Masonic Temple in India. Built in 1682, it was donated to the fraternity in 1872 by the Nizam of Hyderabad.
The Grand Lodge of India supplies PV Solar module, charger/controller, storage batteries, LED lamps and electrical wiring from solar panels to houses in rural Uttara Kannada district specially karwar in Karnataka state. The Indian Grand Lodge organizes classrooms for children in prisons, help for disaster victims and solar lights to village students. The lodge has 425 branches in India with 25,000 members. The freemasons of India are hosting in New Delhi on Nov. 20.
- Grand Lodge Of India Archived 27 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Masonic Lodge and Picquet Tank, Secunderabad British Library, accessed 1 September 2010
- Goshamahal Baradari Masonic Hall Archived 11 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Freemasons to light up remote villages with solar power". The Times of India. 3 Sep 2011.