December 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.


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