2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1971



January 3

Lodge Harawtar No. 202 Consecrated at Bhopal by M.W. Bro. Prof. MS Thacker, MW the Grand Master.


January 9

Grand Festival held at Calcutta presided over by M.W. Bro. Prof. MS Thacker, MW the Grand Master.


March 9

Lodge Jehangir Mody No. 205 consecrated at Bombay by R.W. Bro. Justice D.P. Madon RGM (WI).


May 1

Lodge Concord No. 204 consecrated at Coimbatore by R.W.Bro. Chief Justice Veeraswami RGM (SI).


May 8

Lodge Tiruchirappali No. 203 consecrated at Madras by R.W. Bro. Chief Justice K. Veeraswami, PDyGM, Regional Grand Master (SI).


July 11

Lodge Kharagpur No. 206 consecrated at Calcutta by R.W. Bro.Dr. S.K. Sen, Regional Grand Master (EI).


September 7

Lodge Unity No. 207 consecrated at Bombay by M.W.Bro. Prof. M.S. Thaker, M.W. The Grand Master.


September 8

Lodge Khurshedji Cama No. 209 consecrated at Bombay by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thaker, M.W. The Grand Master.


October 7

Lodge Dharma No. 208 consecrated at New Delhi by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thaker, M.W. The Grand Master.


November 27

M.W. Bro. Prof M.S. Thacker, OSM was re-elected as Grand Master for a second term.


November 29

Regular Communication of GLI held at New Delhi presided over by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thaker, M.W. The Grand Master.


November 30

The Decennial Celebration of Grand Lodge of India wascelebrated at a Especial Communication of The GLI held at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi, presided over by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, MW the Grand Master. The following officers from sister Grand Jurisdictions attended the Decennial Celebrations.

1. M.W. Bro. Herper, P. Baikie, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
2. M.W. Bro. Charles Wagemans, P.G.M. Grand Lodge, Belgium.
3. M.W. Bro. Robert A Crigler P.G.M. Grand Lodge of California and Hawaii.
4. M.W. Bro. Clarence H. Cohen, P.G.M. Grand Lodge of Georgia, USA.
5. M.W. Bro. Col. Nohen O.A. Pick, P.G.M. Grand Lodge of Japan.

Masonic Lapel Buttons were released to commemorate the event.


December 6

Lodge Justice, Dinshah Madon, No. 210 Bombay consecrated by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, MW the Grand Master.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1970



January 22

Consecration of Lodge Golden Pagoda No. 195 at Bombay by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


February 14

Grand Festival of Graond Lodge of India held at New Delhi presided over by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


March 11

Consecration of Lodge Rajdhani No. 197 at New Delhi by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


May 16

The Grand Lodge of Indid Relief Fund was registered. May 30Consecration of Lodge Sainik No. 196 held at Bangalore by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


July 19

Consecration of Lodge Chetan Shahani No. 198 held at Calcutta by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


July 21

Consecration of Lodge Kakinada No. 199 held at Kakinda by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


July 22

Consecration of Lodge Utkal No. 193 Berhampur by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master at Vizianagaram.


July 22

Diamond Jubliee of Lodge Nicopolis No. 81 celebrated at Vizianagaram, graced by MW Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. The Grand Master.


July 24

Regular Communication of GLI held at Hyderabad presided over by M.W. Bro. Prof. MS Thacker, MW the Grand Master.


September 28

Lodge Veeraswami, No. 200 consecrated at Madras by M.W. Bro. Prof. MS Thacker, MW the Grand Master. 52 Past Masters were present.


October 3

Lodge Colonel Choudhary No. 201 consecrated at Guntur by M.W. Bro. Prof. MS Thacker, MW The Grand Master.


November 1

Silver Jubilee of Lodge Tata No. 115 Celebrated, graced by MW. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, MW The Grand Master.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1969



January 10

R.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. thacker, D.Sc.D.Engg, D.Litt, F.A.I.E.E.EF.N.I. was installed as M.W. The Grand Master at the Grand Festival held at Rajaji Hall, Madras by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W. The Grand Master M.W. Bro. Robert A. Crigler. M.W. The Grand Master, Grand Lodge at California, attended the installation.The Award of Grand Master’s order of service to Masonry was instituted.


February 15

Consecration of Lodge Prof. Thacker No. 188 at New  Delhi by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


Marc 9

Consecration of Lodge Goodwill & Peace No. 189 at Thanjavur by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


July 26

Regular Communication of GLI at held at Bombay preside over by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


August 10

Consecration of Lodge Sisir Ghosh No. 191 at Calcutta by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


August 18

R.W. Bro. P.M. Sundram Shashti Abdapoorthi Scholarship Fund was registered.


August 21

Consecration of Lodge Srinivasa Gopala No. 190 at Madras by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


August 22

Consecration of Lodge C.A. Ramakrishnan No. 192 at Madras by M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


December 17

Consecration of Lodge Accountants No. 194 at Madrasby M.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, M.W. the Grand Master.


Monday, December 24, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1968



January 15

Lodge Eastern Star No. 17, Bombay celebrated its centenary graced by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


January 20

Grand Festival of GLI held at Bombay presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


March 7

Consecration of Lodge Lions of Eastern India No. 182 at Calcutta by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


March 17

Consecration of Lodge Cherian No. 183 Bombay by MW Bro.Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master at Raj Bhawan, Bombay.


April 1

Special meeting of Lodge Shyam Kinkor No. 7712 EC on 16.3.68 resolved to join the GLI. The action was confirmed by the United Grand Lodge of England on 29.3.68 A new warrant was issued on 1.4.68 and the new Lodge was re-numbered as No. 174 GLI.


June 3

Consecration of Lodge Manockjee Cursetjee No. 185 at Bombay by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


July 27

R.W. Bro. Prof. M.S. Thacker, Deputy Grand Master was elected as M.W. the Grand Master at the Regular communication of the Grand Lodge of India held at Calcutta presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C.Shah MW The Grand Master.


August 17

Consecration of Lodge Coromandel No. 186 at Visakhapatnam by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


November 9

Consecration of Lodge Noshir Chenoy No. 187 at Secunderabad by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


November 24

The Lodge system of Masonic Education compiled by R.W., Bro. Dr. Rustom S. Davar, P.Dy. G.M. was released by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1967



January 24

Consecration of Lodge Rani Jhansi No. 177 at Jhansi by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


January 28

Grand Festival of GLI held at Calcutta presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.

Consecration of Lodge H.H. The Nawab of Rampur No.178 at Calcutta by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C.Shah, M.W. the Grand Master.


March 30

Consecration of Lodge Trichur No. 180 at Palghat Trichur by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


April 1

Consecration of Lodge Thirunal No. 179 at Bangalore by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


April 21

The Grand Lodge of India Newsietter was first published.


July 22

Regular Communication of GLI held at Kanpur presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


September 12

Consecration of Lodge Rayala Sundaram No. 181 Kurnool M.W.Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master at Hyderabad.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1966



January 22

Consecration of Lodge Bhilal No. 169 at Raipur by MW Bro.Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


February 14

Consecration of Lodge Ratan No. 175 at Kanpur by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


February 16

MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah was reinstalied as M.W. The Grand Master at the Grand Festival held in New Delhi.


March 11

Consecration of Lodge Trinity No. 171 Tiruchirapalli By R.W. Bro. S.T. Srinivasagopalachari, RGM (SI) at Madras.


April 16

Consecration of Lodge Sarvothama No. 176 at Cochin by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


April 19

Lodge Pandyan No. 49 at Madurai, celebrated its Platinum Jubliee, graced by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


April 21

Lodge Ashoka No. 93 at Madras, celebrated its Golden Jubliee, graced by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


July 30

Regular Communication of GLI held at Madras presided overby MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


November 24

The Ritual for Installation of Worshipful Master was released for use in all daughter Lodges under the Grand Lodge of India by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


Friday, December 21, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1965



January 22

Consecration of the Poona Past Masters Lodge No. 167 at  kirkee (Pune) by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


January 23

Consecration of Lodge General Williams No. 165 at Puneby MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.

Consecration of Lodge Raksha Dal No. 166 at Kirkee (Pune) by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


March 3

Consecration of Lodge Trivandrum No. 168 Trivandrum by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


March 4

M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Chah M.W. The Grand Master was reelected as M.W. the Grand Master for a second term at Madras.


March 5

Grand Festival of GLI held at Madras presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


March 6

Consecration of Lodge Vidya No. 164 at Madras by MW Bro Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.   


July 31

Regular Communication of GLI held at Kirkee (Pune) presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


September 28
 
Consecration of Lodge Coimbatore No. 172 Coimbatoreby R.W. Bro. Rao Bahadur S.T. Srinivasagopalachri, RGM (SI) at Palghat.


November 20

Consecration of Lodge George N. Philip No. 174 at Deolai by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


November 24

The Ritual of three Degrees of Freemasonry was released for the use of all daughter Lodges under the Grand Lodge of India by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


December 8

Consecration of Lodge Harmandir No. 170 at Amritsar by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


December 9

Consecration of Lodge Vishwakarma No. 173 at Ludhiana by R.W. Bro. Dr. Dugaprasad.   


December 11

Lodge Rock of Gwalior No. 16 Jhansi celebrated its centenary graced by M.W. Bro. Bhoglal C. Shah, M.W. the Grand Master.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1964



January 22

Grand Festival of Grand Lodge of India held at Bombay presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


February 7

Consecration of Lodge Bharati No. 161 at Cuddalore (Pondicherry) by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


June 20

Consecration of Lodge Fulchand Patel No. 163 at Bombay by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, M.W. the Grand Master.


July 11

Consecration of Lodge Raksha Sena No. 162 at Secunderabad by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


July 25

Regular Communication of GLI held at Calcutta presided by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah. M.W. the Grand Master.


October 11

Lodge Bangalore No. 15, Celebrated its Centenary graced by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1963



February 7

Consecration of Lodge Chartered Accountants No. 152 GLI at Calcutta by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


February 9

Grand Festival of the Grand Lodge of India held at Calcutta presided over by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


March 26

Consecration of Lodge General Williams Roorkee No. 151 by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW. The Grand Master.

Consecration of Lodge forminite No. 155 at New Delhi by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, M.W. the Grand Master.


April 26

Consecration of Lodge Bhopal No. 154 at Bhopal by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


April 27

Quarterly Communication of GLI held at Bombay presided over by M.W Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


May 15

Especial Communication of GLI held at Bombay presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


June 29

Consecration of Lodge Mangalore No. 156 at Mangalore by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


July 27

Quarterly Communication of GLI held at Hyderabad presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


October 10

Consecration of Lodge Italia Williams Manian No. 158 GLI at Secunderabad by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


October 12

Consecration of Lodge Palghat No. 159 at Bangalore by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master.


November 23

Quarterly Communication of GLI held at Kanpur presided over by MW Bro. Bhogilal C.Shah MW The Grand Master.

Consecration of Lodge Shah Jairotary No. 160 at Kanpur by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W. The Grand Master.


November 25

Consecration of Lodge Gorakhpur No. 157 at Varanasi by MW Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah MW The Grand Master


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Half-Yearly Meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge of India at Rajahmundry



The Worshipful Master accompanied by eight brethren of Lodge Gomantak No. 248 traveled to Rajahmundry for the Half-yearly Meet of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India on 8th and 9th September, 2012. Besides attending the Half-yearly Meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India, it was an occasion to meet and interact with the M.W. the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India, M. W. Bro Capt. Dr. Balaram Biswakumar, the Grand Master Elect R. W. Bro. Vasudev J. Masurekar, R. W. the Regional Grand Master, R. W. Bro. R. Sushil Raj and officers of the Grand Lodge and the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India, as well as brethren from different Lodges across the Southern Region.



Brethren who are members of higher degrees also attended the respective meet/convocation. Lodge Godavery No 89, the Host Lodge, which also celebrated its Centenary, had made excellent arrangements for the event. Delegates enjoyed the delightful entertainment program and the sumptuous banquet spread provided at the venue on Saturday, as also the variety entertainment and lunch at Garden City the next afternoon.

Brethren also visited the landmarks of Rajahmundry, in particular the Godavari Barrage and the Sir Arthur Cotton Museum, which has a unique collection of the machinery and equipment used for building the dam, as also a bird’s eye view of the life of Gen Arthur Cotton. Brethren of Lodge Godavery No. 89 deserve a word of appreciation for the excellent arrangements made by them for a pleasant and memorable stay of all visiting brethren.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1962



January 27

Election of R.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, Dy. G.M. as MW The Grand Master in succession to M.W. Bro. His Highness The Nawab of Rampur at the Grand Festival held in New Delhi.


April 28

M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah was installed as MW The Grand Master by R.W. Bro. Sisir K. Ghosh at the Freemason’s Hall, 19, Park Street, Calcutta at the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge held at Calcutta.


May 14

Lodge Kumaon (Nainital No. 1870 EC consecrated on 12.8.1888) opted to join the Grand Lodge of India and renumbered as No. 148 GLI.


July 27

Consecration of Lodge Bhogilal C. Shah No. 147 GLI at Bombay  by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W. The Grand Master.


July 28

Quarterly Communication of the GLI held at Bombay. Presided over by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W. The Grand Master.


July 30

Consecration of Lodge Pestonji Kapadia No. 149 by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W. The Grand Master.


August 25

Lodge Mount No. 14, Madras, Celebrated as Centenary graced by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W. the Grand Master.


November 9

Consecration of Lodge Sri Brahadeeswara No. 150 Thanjavur at Bangalore by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W The Grand Master.


November 10

Quarterly Communication of GLI held at Bangalore. Presided over by M.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah M.W. the Grand Master.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India | 1961



November 24

Inauguration of the Grand Lodge of India at Hotel Ashoka, Delhi. Consecration of the Grand Lodge by M.W. Bro. The Rt. Hon. The Eglinton and Winton, T.D.D.L. B.A. The M.W. Grand Master Mason of Scotland.Constitution of the Grand Lodge of India by R.W. Bro. George S. Gamble, R.W. Deputy Grand Master of Ireland. Installation of M.W. Bro. Maj. Gen., Dr. Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan G.C. I.E.K.C.S.I., D. Litt. L.L.D. His Highness the Nawab of Rampur, as Grand Master by R.W. Bro. Rt. Hon. Earl Cadogan M.C.D.L. Deputy Grand Master of England. The following Grand Officers from Sister Jurisdictions, attended the function
(i) M.W. Bro. Max Seligman, M.W. The Grand Master of Grand Lodge Israel.
(ii) M.W. Bro. Rev. Canon Crane Williams, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Alberta, Canada.


November 27

Inauguration of Regional Grand Lodge of Northern India by M.W. The Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Maj. Gen. Dr. Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan H.H. The Nawab of Rampur.


December 2

Inauguration of the Regional Grand Lodge of Eastern India R.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, Dy. G.M.


December 6

Inauguration of the Regional Grand Lodge of Western India R.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, Dy. G.M.


December 9

Inauguration of Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India by R.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, Dy.G.M.             Consecration of Lodge Shanthi, No. 146, Madras, by R.W. Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, Dy. G.M.


December 14

M.W. Bro. Maj. Gen. Dr. Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan His Highness The Nawab of Rampur demitted office as M.W. The Grand Master.


Indian Spiritual Guru Sadhguru attended the 12th World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges


Indian Spiritual Guru Sadhguru was invited with the occasion of the 12th World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges to inaugurate the event and to give the keynote speech in Chennai. Freemasons from around the globe gathered in India to attend the most important Masonic event of this year and to debate on the role of Freemasonry in Universal peacekeeping.





The special guest joined the Grand Master and Elect Grand Master of India, Executive Secretary of the World Conference and MW Grand Master Radu Balanescu of Romania at the presidium and he encouraged Freemasons to look inward and empower our humanity, rather tan focusing on moral values and being good.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Brother Vasudeo J. Masurekar, OSM is the new Grand Master of India


M.W.Bro. Vasudeo Jamnavihar Masurekar was born on Wednesday, 24th March 1954 in Ratnagari, also the birth place of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a reformist freedom fighter.  After his earlier education he graduate in Law from Bombay University and obtained post graduate diploma in Management Studies from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management. An eminent lawyer and a proficient tax consultant, having wide ranging experience as Corporate Director in diverse sectors, viz, Information technology, Pharma, Vineyard, Banking and Finance, he has an enviable career spanning well over 30 years and has helped many a corporate with their tax planning and successfully defended them in courts of law. Presently he is Director of Aftek Ltd.; Director of NKGSB Bank. Director of Mitoch Pharma Pvt. Ltd. and Vaks Pharma Pvt. Ltd.-  Mumbai and is actively associated with Cabernet Vineyards Pvt. Ltd. at Nashik growing wine grape plantations.



Vasudeo Jamnavihar Masurekar saw the light of Freemasonry at the age of 30, in 1984, in Lodge Sohrab Davar No. 113. He occupied the Eastern Chair in his mother Lodge Sohrab Davar and is also a member of Eastern Star Lodge No.17 and Noshir Mehta Lodge 246. He has held many prestigious ranks and positions in the Regional Grand Lodge of Western India as well as in the Grand Lodge of India. In Regional Grand Lodge of Western India he has held the offices of Assistant Regional Grand Master, Deputy Regional Grand Master and has been the Regional Grand Master from February 2006 till 2009. He holds the Past rank of Deputy Grand Master in Grand Lodge of India. He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge Nationale Fran├žaise near to Grand Lodge of India

He made steady progress in freemasonry and acquired masonic knowledge by joining Royal Arch Chapter. He is the Past Z of Chapter Saurashtra No.73 and Chapter Cyrus No.14. He has held various ranks in the Regional Grand  Chapter of Western India as well as in the Supreme Grand Chapter of India. He was the Grand Superintendent of the Regional Grand Chapter of Western India Superintendent Western India 2009 and holds the past rank of Second Grand Principal in Supreme Grand Chapter of India. He is the Grand Representative of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Netherlands near to the Supreme Grand Chapter of India.

He has been active in Mark as well as in Royal Ark Mariners Degree also. He is the Past Master of Mark Lodge Holmesdale in the East No.2 and Mark Lodge Rajkot No.48 and Past WCN of R.A.M. Lodge Jamshetjee Jeejeebhoy No.2 and RAM Lodge Rajkot No.48. He was the Regional Grand Mark Master of Regional Grand Mark Lodge of Western India till 2009 and holds the rank of Deputy Grand Master in Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of India and also holds the Past rank of Senior RAM Grand Officer.

Vasudeo Jamnavihar Masurekar zeal and enthusiasm for Freemasonry, coupled with his vast administrative experience and charismatic personality, has contributed in no small measure to the development and advancement of Freemasonry, particularly in the Western Region.  In order to spread the message of freemasonry he explored virgin area for consecration of a new Lodge. He accompanied the M.W. the Grand Master to attend 8th World Conference of the Grand Masters held at Paris in November, 2006. A very dedicated and loving man, a friendly person and certainly a committed and devoted Freemason, he has, by his exemplary character and behaviour, motivated his officers and the brethren to practice and demonstrate the distinguishing virtues of Freemasonry. 

In recognition of his yeoman and meritorious services rendered to the cause of Freemasonry in general and the Grand Lodge of India in particular,Justice Devinder Gupta, OSM M.W.Bro. Grand Master. has been pleased to award him Most Worshipful the Grand Master’s Distinguished Order of Service to Masonry. On this occasion, the Grand Lodge is pleased to present this citation at Nagpur on 21st February, 2009.


Copyright Masonic Vibes

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The history of a successful Masonic project: Masonic Vibes


Masonic Vibes' journey began in August 2009 when Brother Sumit Agarwal and Brother Jatin Mehrotra, (both initiated in Star of Agra Lodge #36 in Agra) were at a Masonic meeting in Delhi. They had known each other as Brethren and had become close friends over the years. The idea was to bring all the Masonic knowledge and learning on one common platform.



Just as the Grand Lodge has all the Brethren as its members under it, the second principle was to have Brethren from around the world with access to this content. After toying with the idea and designs for a website, it was decided that instead of a full fledged website a Facebook page would better serve the purpose as it is already a major hangout for people and indeed Freemasons also. Thus, on September 11th 2009, Brother Mehrotra registered the page Masonic Vibes on Facebook with Brother Agarwal as the founder administrative member.

The idea for the name also has an interesting story behind it. The name was Brother Agarwal’s idea. He was itching to let his creative ideas let loose. On one Lodge night, while discussing the idea, Brother Agarwal suggested the name Masonic Vibes, and almost like a reflex, Brother Mehrotra said – “Masonic Vibes – Spreading the Vibes of Freemasonry.” That’s how the idea got its vision.

Today, Masonic Vibes has almost 13,000 subscribers on Facebook from over 65 countries. Many travelers (Freemasons) who come to New Delhi & Agra as tourists, make it a point they have time for a meeting with the Vibes (that’s what Brother Agarwal is called fondly). Indeed they have increased readership of Masonic literature and are many a times quoted by other Masonic websites and discussion boards. The Indian Grand Master, MW Balaram Biswakumar (President of the World Conference of Grand Lodges) also applauded the efforts of the Brethren in his inaugural speech.

The best part about their effort is they do not restrict information to Freemasons. They share it openly so even a casual observer or a critic can read and learn what Freemasonry is about. They have helped persons who wanted to become a Brother in many parts of the world, not just India, by getting them in touch with the local Lodge. The future plans are to start a weekly e-journal for subscribers and revamp the website for user discussions and content.



Note: The Masonic Times of India, an initiative started by the Masonic Press Agency (known also as APMR) with the support of Brother Sumit Agarwal wish to congratulate our Indian Brethren for their project. Masonic Times of India has as purpose promoting the Indian Masonic life worldwide and projects such as Masonic Vibes.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Masonic Press Agency announces the XII World Conference of Regular Grand Lodges


The largest Masonic organization on the largest continent in the world, Asia, the Grand Lodge of India will host this year's XII World Conference of regular Grand Lodges. The event will take place from 22 to 25 November 2012, during which will take place also the 51st Grand Festival of the Grand Lodge of India.



This year's theme is "The role of Freemasonry role in Universal Peacekeeping," an international hot topic given the political, economic and social development crossed by the international community.

The Executive Chairman of the World Conference of Regular Grand Lodges, Most Worshipful Grand Master Capt. Dr. Balaram Biswakumar expressed his joy to receive in India all the Grand Lodges in Amity with the Grand Lodge of India.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Charitable Projects of Montfort Lodge #249 of India



Montfort Logde #249 holds its meeting
on the 2nd Saturday of alternative months.



Yercaud is a nice, cozy hill station with 4800 – 5000 ft height above M.S.L. about 27 Km from the Corporation town of Salem in TN. Coffee and spices and many types of floral and vegetables are the main product with abundant of silver oak trees.

Montfort Lodge N0 249 started this project for the benefit of estate workers and tribal's of the area which took off magnificently. The renowned medical practitioners render their services FREE of cost and give us all type of cooperation & guidance.

Our Partners Sri Ramakrishna Mission , Salem provides FREE surgery for the cataract at Salem in association with a renowned corporate Hospital. The Spectacles are prepared at one of our own member , a leading Eye Surgeon`s hospital  for patients AT COST born by Montfort Lodge No 249. Nazareth High School has very kindly allowed us to use their premises for the camp which is highly spacious & comfortable.

The expenses for the camp held once in 2 months is around Rs.25,000/- which is raised from the brethren of our lodge. The volunteers for registration of patients, guiding them to different rooms are our own lodge members who come even with their spouses. A week before the camp a good publicity is done in all villages around 15 to 20 kms radius.

The Montfort Lodge is known for its CHARITABLE work in the Southern Region. Last week a project of building an Orphanage building was completed about 20 Kms from Salem @ the cost of Rs 25 lakhs approx.

The 3 lodges of Salem contributed over Rs. 15 lakhs for this project ,now housing over 50 children and giving them good education. Our Lodge has contributed in the great Project of the Grand Lodge of India JYOTIRGAMAYA  and one of our brother alone contributed over 60 lakhs for this noble project.

Thank you, 

W. Bro. Swaran Singh Matharu


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Brother S. M. MAYAPURI, Worshipful Master of Raisina Hill Lodge #322 visited the Shimla Masonic Temple



Dear Brethren,

On 1st Oct’ 2012 I had gone to Shimla for a personal trip. There I got the opportunity to visit the Lodge Temple also. I am grateful to WBro Vinay Chandla who showed me the Lodge premises and the Lodge Temple. It is really commendable to see that this rich heritage has been so well maintained. It was really a great experience to see the temple.





I got the feeling as if I was in that old era more than 100 years back. The originality has been maintained till today.  I am attaching some photographs which I took inside the temple. The temple had been prepared for the Chapter Meeting for that evening. I couldn’t believe that in a place like Shimla they are having all the Lodges like Craft, Mark, Chapter, RAM and even the other higher degrees which we have started in Delhi now. Hats off to WBro JN Chandla(Jogy)-the 3rd generation in Freemasonry for their dedication.

Regards,


W. Bro S. M. MAYAPURI

The experience of Brother Suresh Dixit at Chapter Lodge #5 at Kena Shrine Temple Vienna


"This meeting was basically a Fund Raiser for The Alzheimer's Association. In this Chapter meeting even Master Masons are invited. Wine is served in this meeting to enable Companions to toast. There is a definite procedure for taking toast. The attached document will clarify how it is done. For the information of Brethren in Virgina, serving liquor is banned in all Craft Lodges and Chapters and this is very strictly followed. The Chapter is allowed to service wine only in their Table Lodge meeting. Liquor is permitted only in Higher Order as Commandery, Knights Templar etc."



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The experience of Brother Suresh Dixit at Mount Carmel #133 Lodge, Warrenton


"The visit to Mt. Carmel was on 23rd May 2012. It was a regular meeting of the Lodge with no degree workings. I was introduced by RW Bro. Ralf Smith, I was escorted to the Eastern chair and was presented with lapel Pin of the Lodge by the WM. Thonh Mejias of Lodge Henry No 57 picked me up from the residence and dropped me back after a lovely dinner."


WM W Bro. Steven Clay Green, SW Bro. Raymond Lloyd Muirhead,
JW Bro. Michael Leland Kinnel
& RW Bro. Ralf Smith Dist. Deputy GM of District No 4 of the GL Of Virginia
and Bro. Thonh Mejias of Lodge Henry No 57


The experience of Brother Suresh Dixit at Kemper-Macan-ware #64 Lodge


"The visit to this Lodge was with Right Worshipful Bro. John Bullach District Deputy Grand Master of Dist. No 54. Here I met Right Worshipful Bro. V. K. Tucker who also came to visit the Lodge. I met him for the first time. The meeting was also a regular meeting with no degree working. Myself & Right Worshipful  Bro. V. K. Tucker were introduced by Bro. John Bullach and we were escorted to the East and presented with the lapel pin of the Lodge by the WM."



MW Bro. Steven Clay Green, JW Bro. Michael Leland Kinnel,
W Bro. Suresh Dixit & RW Bro. V. K. Tucker



The experience of Brother Suresh Dixit at Acacia Lodge #16 of Clifton, Virginia


"We accompanied Right Worshipful Brother Ralf Smith, District Grand Master of Dist. No 4. He is a towering personality of Freemasonry in the Grand Lodge of Virginia, very well respected. He is an encyclopedia of Freemasonry.

In his 80s he attend almost all the meetings of the lodges under him and guides all new recruits. He is a perfect ritualist and is normally deputed by the Grand Lodge to examine the candidate for proficiency in 2nd & 3rd Degree. For your information the candidate is not advanced into superior degree unless he proves himself in the former.

Such examination is often held in the open Lodge and Brethren are asked to vote for his proficiency. The vote has to be unanimous. We watched the Fellow of the Craft degree in this Lodge. The working again was absolutely fantastic and totally different from what we perform. The candidate was asked to prove his proficiency in Entered Apprentice and after approval was conferred the degree of the fellow of the Craft. Since this was a called meeting specially for the FC degree there was no dinner but after the meeting we were treated in Bar and also fed well."



W. Bro. Suresh Dixit, R.W. Bro.V. K. Tucker & W.M. W. Bro. Scott Springer


Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Suresh Dixit's experience in Virginia in his own words


"Fraternal greetings from Nagpur. My first visit to Herndon Lodge #264. In the picture Worshipful Master Bro. Adi Karisik and Senior Warden Bro. Mauricio Carrasco. I witnessed  the MM Degree which was performed by SW. The complete degree was enacted by all officers. The ritual working was absolutely TOP CLASS."



from left to right: WM Bro. Adi Karisik, W Bro. Suresh Dixit and SW Bro. Mauricio Carrasco


Masonic Tour Series | Masonic biography of Worshipful Brother Suresh Dixit (Grand Lodge of India)


He joined Freemasonry on 4th August 1984 (Corinth Lodge #1122), being passed and raised in subsequent months. He became a Master Mason during the Masonic Year of 1990/1991, after which he joined Sundar Raza Lodge of Nagpur in 1985, resigned during disharmony between two grand lodges but later rejoined Matheran Lodge #135 under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of India.

He is Past Master of several Masonic Lodges and today a subscribing member of Vivekananda Lodge #367 of Nagpur which was recently consecrated by M.W. Bro. Dr. Balaram Biswakumar of the Grand Lodge of India.

In addition he is Past Z of Chapter Mayo No 1122 EC, Nagpur & subscribing member of Nagpur Mark Masons Lodge & RAM No 22 GLI, as also, PM of Sam B Aga Mark Mason Lodge & RAM No 654 EC. W. Bro. Dixit is also subscribing member & PM of Cornwallis Conclave No114, Sam B Agha AMD Council No 193 in Nagpur. He is also founder member of both the chapters of Rose Croix (Orange City Rose Croix Chpater No22 & Central India Rose croix Chapter No 25, Nagpur).

Brother Dixit is Past District Grand Senior Warden of the District Grand Lodge of Bombay and also PSRGW of the Regional Grand Lodge of Western India. He is P. Asst, Grand Std Br Of Grand Lodge Of India and recipient of Long Term Service Jewel (25yrs) from GLI and District Of Bombay as well and recently have been awarded Rank of PAGDof C in Supreme Grand Chapter of England.




APMR (Masonic Press Agency) and Masonic Times of India, in partnership with Masonic Vibes' Founder, Brother Sumit Agarwal (Grand Lodge of India), invites you to follow the Masonic Tour Series of our Worshipful Brother Suresh Dixit. Also Masonic Tour Series will continue with the experience of other Indian Brethren...


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The meaning of the Regional Grand Lodges in India



For sake of better and efficient administration the entire area under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of India was divided into four Masonic Regions. The details of areas under each Region are given in Rule 53 of BoC.


Rule 58 provides as to who are to be considered as members of the Regional Grand Lodge and Rule 72 says that each Regional Grand Lodge has the power and authority to frame by-laws for its own government. This has resulted in differing by-laws of the four Regions in India. It should, however, be noted that that no by-law of the Region or any daughter Lodge can be valid if the same is not in conformity with the provisions of the BoC. Examples of this are – black-balling of a candidate for initiation or joining and operation of bank accounts.

Contribution of Brother Sumit Agarwal, Masonic Vibes founder and Correspondent of India's Masonic Magazine Square & Compasses


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

History of the Grand Lodge of India



It was in 1717 AD, when an era of comparative peace and harmony dawned on the European scene, that the Grand Lodge of England took shape. It is, therefore, of interest that within about 12 years thereafter a petition was sent by a few brethren in India to constitute a Provincial Grand Lodge in Calcutta. The Petition having been granted, a Provincial Grand Master was appointed in 1728 AD to supervise Masonic activities in India and the Far East.

A number of Lodges established in 18th and 19th century belonging to various Constitutions viz. Dutch, French, Scottish, Irish, Danish and English flourished in different parts of India. But the ones that survived till Independence of India from British Rule in 1947 belonged only to English, Irish & Scottish Constitutions.

It is not possible to say with any accuracy when, or to whom, the idea of the formation of a Grand Lodge of India first occurred. In the early 1950's the Indian Masonic Journal carried some correspondence, and at least one editorial leader, on the formation of a Grand Lodge of India. As might be expected, a wide variety of views were expressed in that correspondence and no action appears to have been taken by any of the responsible authorities.


It was in 1956 that the first real consideration was given to the establishment of a sovereign Grand Lodge of India and indeed, following a joint Conference in Dublin of The Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland in October of that year, it was agreed that the views of the Brethren in India should be sought. As far as Scotland is concerned, a poll which was taken in the Spring of 1957 showed that a considerable number of Lodges were in favour of a Grand Lodge of India. Two year later - in 1959 - the then Immediate Past Grand Master of Scotland - Lord Macdonald of Macdonald - accompanied by Grand Secretary, Dr. Alexander F. Buchan, paid an official visit to India and took the opportunity of discussing with a number of Brethren, the question of a formation of a Grand Lodge of India. Lord Macdonald was much impressed by the views put before him and on his return to Scotland he consulted the Grand Masters of England and Ireland as to what steps might be taken to permit of the Brethren in India having their own Grand Lodge. In 1959 at a Conference held in London, the Grand Masters of the three British Grand Lodges expressed their unanimous opinion that an Independent Grand Lodge of India was desirable and that its establishment should be gradually but actively pursued.

In January 1960, the District Grand Lodges in India under the three Constitutions were directed to nominate members of a Steering Committee under an appointed chairman.

The terms of reference to the Committee were, To consider the steps to be taken to establish a Grand Lodge of India and the advice to be given to our Grand Lodges thereon'. Lieutenant-General Sir Harold Williams, a Brother of the Irish Constitution, was appointed Chairman and the Steering Committee met frequently and discharged its duties with great assiduity.

In due course the Steering Committee submitted its report, which was accepted by the three Grand Masters in all but most minor details. The report recommended, among other things, that all the Lodges under the three constitutions in India should be invited to consider and decide whether or not they wished to opt to form the new Grand Lodge. The Steering Committee's repot also dealt with such important matters as a Declaration of Principles; a draft Book of Constitutions; the appointment of its first Grand Master; the Regional Organisation; the rights of individuals and Lodges; provisions relating to Finance, Buildings, Regalia and the future of local and district Funds; the consequences of setting up of an independent grand Lodge; and the procedure to be followed by individual Lodges. This Report was embodied in a Memorandum sent to all Lodges in India under cover of a Foreword, dated December 1960, signed by the three Grand Masters.

The Foreword stated, among other things, that the attitude of the three Grand Lodges with regard to an independent Grand Lodge of India was indicated in the terms of reference for the Steering Committee, but that it was for the Brethren in Lodges in India to decide for themselves whether to opt for or against joining such a body. Much preparatory work had been done by the Committee set up to advice the Grand Masters, but the all-important question had to be decided at Lodge level. If the Brethren in India decided in favour of an independent Grand Lodge, then the three Grand Lodges would accept the decision and would wish to establish the closest fraternal relations with the new Grand Lodge of India.

All Lodges which opted to form the new Grand Lodge of India would immediately after the date of the Inaugural Meeting, return their existing Charters and would come under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of India from the date of the Inaugural Meeting. Lodges which opted before the 30th of September 1961 would be numbered serially according to the date of their original formation. Masonic funds, effects and properties of Lodges which opted to form The Grand Lodge of India, would continue to vest in those Lodges. After the Inaugural Meeting, the three United Kingdom Grand Lodges would not issue Charters for any new Lodges within India.

All the Lodges in India were directed in the Memorandum to meet and discuss and resolve on the question of joining a Grand Lodge of India. To ensure uniformity, the proposition to be placed before each Lodge would be, 'That this Lodge do opt to join the proposed Grand Lodge of India on its inauguration'. It was emphasized that before the vote was taken, every effort should be made by Masters to ensure that members were fully aware of their responsibility and appreciate what was involved. Adequate notice had to be given of the meeting at which the voting would take place. Voting was to be by secret ballot, and the proposition was to be determined by a majority of votes of members present, the Master having an additional casting vote in the event of voting being equal.

The memorandum stated in conclusion in the Grand Masters expressed the firm hope that minorities, in Lodges where the voting was not unanimous. would abide by decision of the majority and unite with it furthering the activities of the Lodge under whichever Grand Lodge, old or new it thereby decided to place itself.

When all the Lodges, English, Irish a Scottish, had voted, it was found that approximately 50 per cent, of the Lodges in each Constitution had opted to join the new Grand Lodge of India. In point of fact, the new Grand Lodge of India began life with one hundred and forty-five Lodges upon its Roll.

The consecration meeting took place the Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi. An Occasion Lodge was opened with Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth Large, District Grand master for Bengal as Master. The Wardens' Chain were filled by Brothers C.M. Shahani and W.G. Miller, form the Irish and Scottish Constitutions respectively.

After the Lodge had been opened in all three degrees, deputations from the Grand Lodges of Scoltand, Ireland and England - in that order - were received. The deputations consisted of (from Scotland) - The Earl of Eglington and Winton, Most Worshipful Grand master Mason; Dr. Alexander F. Buchand Right Worshipful Grand Secretary; Geroge S. Draffen, Very Wroshipful Junior Grand Deacon; and S. W. Love, Past Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire East. (from the Grand Lodge of Ireland) - Right Worshipful Brother George S. Gamble Deputy Grand Master; Worshipful Brother Sir Basil A.T. McFarland, Bart, Provincial Grand Master of Donegal; and Worshipful Brother Canon R. R. Hartford, past Grand Chaplain. (from the United Grand Lodge of England - Right Worshipful Brother. The Earl Cadogan, Deputy Grand Master; Very Worshipful Brother J. W. Stubbs, Grand Secretary; Very Worshipful Brothers Canon J. R. Robson and Canon Mortlock, Past Grand Chaplains; Very Worshipful Brother Frank W. R. Douglas Grand Director of Ceremonies and Worshipful Brothers H. G. Potts and Lt. Col. M. G. Edwards, Past Deputy Grand Directors of Ceremonies.

After the three deputations had been received and seated, the Grand Master Mason of Scotland proceeded to the consecration. Thereafter the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland officially constituted the new Grand Lodge saying: "In the name of the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland, and by command of their Grand Masers. I constitute and form you, my good Brethren, into the Sovereign Grand Lodge of India, and you are empowered henceforth to exercise all the rights and privileges of a Grand Lodge according to the ancient usages and landmarks of the Craft. May the Grand Architect of the Universe prosper, direct and counsel you in al your proceedings. After the consecration and constitution, the Deputy Grand Master of England assumed the throne and installed Major General Dr. Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan, G.C.I.E., K C. S.I., D. Lit., LI.D. His Highness the Nawab of Rampur as the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India.

Thereafter the new Grand Master announced his appointments as Deputy Grand Master and Assistant Grand Masters who were invested and installed. This was followed by the appointment of the Regional Grand Masters and the appointment and installation of the Grand Officers of the Grand Lodge of India.

Among the Officers of the new Grand Lodge of India it is of interest to observe that, following the custom of the Grand Lodge of Scotland there is an office or 'Bearer of the Volume of the Sacred Law.' There were in fact five Brethren installed into this office, each Brother bearing a separate Volume of the Sacred Law - The Gita, The Koran, The Granth, The Zend Avesta and The Bible.

In addition to the three parent Grand Lodges, the M.W.Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel, the M.W.Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alberta (Canada) and about 1,491 Brethren from all over India were present at this historic event.

As mentioned above those Lodges which opted to join the new Grand Lodge of India by 30th September 1961 were to be numbered according to the date of their original formation. Out of a total of 277 individual Lodges in India (excluding Pakistan, Ceylon and Aden which were excluded from the poll) 145 opted for the new Grand Lodge of India. This represented a little over 52 per cent. These 145 Lodges were then termed as the ‘Foundation Lodges’ and were presented with FOUNDATION LODGE JEWELS by the M.W. First Grand Master. (Details of this Jewel are given in ‘The Installation of Worshipful Master’ of Craft. The Jewel is presented to the incoming Master on Installation nights with commentary as provided in the Ritual.)

After the formation of the Grand Lodge of India, the Regional Grand Lodges were inaugurated as given below:

1. November 27: Inauguration of Regional Grand Lodge of Northern India by M.W.The Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Maj.Gen.Dr.Sir Syed Raza Ali Knan, H.H.The Nawab of Rampur.
2. December 2: Inauguration of the Regional Grand Lodge of Eastern India by R.W.Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, Dy. G.M.
3. December 6: Inauguration of the Regional Grand Lodge of Western India by R.W.Bro. Bhogilal C. Shah, Dy.G.M.
4. December 9: Inauguration of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India by R.W.Bro.Bhogilal C.Shah, Dy.G.M.
5. May 14,1962: Lodge Kumaon (Nainital No. 1870 EC consecrated on 12.8.1888) opted to join the Grand Lodge of India and was numbered as No.148 GLI since in the mean time two Lodges viz. Lodge Shanthi was consecrated on 9.12.1961 and Lodge Bhogilal Shah granted the Warrant by GLI on 10.3.1962.


Contribution of Brother Sumit Agarwal, Masonic Vibes founder and Correspondent of India's Masonic Magazine Square & Compasses


Weekly special reports on the latest news regarding the Masonic life in India


Strengthening the partnership between Masonic Times and APMR with the proposal of APMR's Secretary-General, Masonic Times of India starts as an international project designed to promote the Masonic life in and of India.


Founded on 20 August 2012, Masonic Times of India aims to bring APMR's international contribution in promoting worldwide India's daily Masonic activity and will have a similar framework as that used by APMR for the Grand Masonic Jurisdiction of Brazil.


Copyright © Masonic Times of India
All materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law. You may not reproduce, distribute, transmit, display, publish or broadcast the information contained within this website without our consent.