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Goshamahal Baradari Masonic Hall

Hyderabad has been home to masonic lodges for over 120 years. The British brought in freemasonry in 1872 when the St. Johns Lodge met regularly. Almost at the same time, the Mayo lodge also met here. The Nizam of Hyderabad, himself a freemason, donated a building to permanently house the movement in Goshamahal Baradari, where even today several lodges function.

The Goshamahal Baradari building itself is a monument of sorts, and represents vestiges of a bygone era. The massive banisters and balustrades, the walls adorned by portraits and photographs of many freemasons in their regalia and an equally lavish banquet hall are all awe-inspiring. As you walk around admiring the beauty of the building, a list of prominent freemasons is rattled out. An illustrious list that includes names like Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras, Henry Ford, Clive Lloyd, Swami Vivekananda, C. Rajagopalachari, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and Madhav Rao Scindia. A glimpse of the social service done by the masons is also on show.