Freemasonry was introduced into India by the Grand Lodge of England in Calcutta (Kolkata) in Eastern India in 1729. It then spread to the South in Madras in 1752, to the West in Bombay in 1758 and to the North in Punjab in 1786.

The Dutch Constitution entered India in 1758 in Bengal.

The French Constitution entered India in 1787 in Pondicherry.

The Danish Constitution entered India in 1805 in Tamil Nadu.

The Scottish Constitution first entered Sri Lanka in 1801 and later consecrated Lodges in India.

The Irish Constitution entered India in 1835 in Punjab.

In the initial period of 107 years, after freemasonry came to India (upto 1836), only 3 ethnic Indians were initiated in Masonry.

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Visiting Delegates of Grand Lodge of France and Grand Lodge of Upper India at Coimbatore to attend Installation of MW Bro. Philip Fowler (26th May 2013)
Lodges under the following Grand Constitutions are now operating in India:
1. United Grand Lodge of England has about 65 lodges meeting all over India.
2. Grand Lodge of Scotland has about 53 lodges meeting in India.
3. Grand Lodge of Ireland has about 10 lodges meeting in India.
4. Grand Lodge of India was consecrated in November 1961 when 145 out of 265 lodges of English, Irish and Scottish Constitutions opted for the new Grand Lodge.

Grand Lodge of Upper India was consecrated on 21st January 1995 at Chandigarh they meet at Freemasons’ Complex at Daun, (Chandigarh). There are currently 13 Lodges working under its Constitution.


Grand Lodge of South India was consecrated and established on 27th May 1995 at Coimbatore and has 14 lodges warranted by it. In Coimbatore, they meet at Freemasons’ Hall, Race Course Road.



Grand Lodge of Upper India Celebrated its Silver Jubilee on 21st January 2020.

Grand Lodge of Upper India Celebrated its Silver Jubilee on 21st January 2020. The Celebrations were attended by Grand Masters of Grand Lodge of South India, Grand Lodge of Belgium, Sovereign Grand Lodge of Austria and delegations from Grand Lodge of Hungary and Grand Lodge of Serbia headed by their Grand Chancellors. Also present was Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander of  Supreme Council of India
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MW Bro Philip Fowler Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander of Supreme Council of India addressing the Grand Lodge on its Silver Jubilee
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RW Bro Veka Radonjic Grand Chancellor with RW Bro Edvard Miljanic Grand Orator of Grand Lodge of Serbia addresses the Grand Lodge on 21st January 2020
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(L to R) MW Bro. K. Sathyanathan, V.I. Bro. Philippe Douillet, MW Bro. Michel Singer,
MW Bro. M.R. Venkataraman and MW Bro. Ajit Singh Ranauta. (May 2013)
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Grand Lodge of Upper India Delegates with Brethren of Grand Lodge of South India at Coimbatore. (May 2012)

La situation actuelle en Inde:
La franc maçonnerie fut introduite en Inde par la Grande Loge d’Angleterre à Calcutta ( Kolkata ) Inde de l’Est en 1729. Elle s’est ensuite étendue vers le Sud à Madras (Chennai ) en 1752, à Bombay ( Mumbai ) Inde de l’Ouest en 1758 puis dans le Nord au Pendjab en 1786.
Les Francs maçons Hollandais s’installent au Bengale en 1758.
Les francs maçons Français s’installent à Pondichéry en 1787.
Les francs maçons Danois s’installent en 1805 dans l’Etat du Tamil Nadu.
La franc maçonnerie Ecossaise s’installa tout d’abord à Ceylan ( Sri Lanka ) en 1801 puis consacra des Loges en Inde.
Les francs maçons Irlandais apparurent en Inde dans le Pendjab en 1835
Pendant cette période initiale de 107 ans, après l’apparition de la franc maçonnerie en Inde, seuls trois Indiens de souche furent initiés dans les Loges.
Actuellement des Loges fonctionnent, en Inde, sous les Grandes Constitutions (Obédiences) suivantes:-
1. La Grande Loge Unie d’Angleterre à environ 65 loges qui se rencontrent partout en Inde;
2. La Grande Loge d'Écosse à environ 53 loges se rencontrant en Inde;
3. La Grande Loge d’Irlande à environ 10 loges qui se réunissent en Inde.

4. La Grande Loge de l'Inde a été constitué et consacré en Novembre 1961 quand 145 sur 265 loges de Constitutions Anglaise, Irlandaise et Ecossaise ont opté pour se fédérer à la nouvelle Grande Loge.


5. La Grande Loge du Nord de l'Inde fut consacrée le 21 janvier 1995 à Chandigarh, ils se réunissent au complexe maçonnique à Daun, (Chandigarh). Il y a actuellement 13 loges travaillant sous sa Constitution

6. La Grande Lodge du Sud de l'Inde fut consacrée et créée le 27 mai 1995 à Coimbatore et a délivré patente à 14 loges. À Coimbatore, les loges se réunissent au Hall des franc-maçons, Race Course Road.

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