Half Yearly Meeting 2024
31st August 2024, Shillong

Freemasonry in India traces its roots back to 1728. Within 12 years of formalizing the organization in England (1717), permission for a Provincial Grand Lodge in Calcutta was approved. A Grand Master was also elected to oversee the expansion of the fraternity in the subcontinent.
A petition was presented on December 28, 1728 which read:-
Deputation from the Grand Master: to Empower and Authorize our well beloved Brother (George) Pomfret.that he do, in our place and stead, constitute a regular Lodge, in due form at Fort William in Bengal in the East Indies
Signed and sealed the 6th day of February 1728/9
Lodge number 72 was located at Fort William - Calcutta and was the first lodge in India. Captain Ralph Farwinter was appointed “Provisional Grand Master for East India in Bengal..... Read More
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