Sssshhhh: Secret society reveals the mystery

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Freemasonry has its origins in late-16th- and early-17th-century England and Scotland and entered India with the colonisers in the early 18th century.  On the organisation’s 300th anniversary, the world’s largest closed-door fraternity opened the doors of its Mumbai HQ to an Open House and a guided tour on Sunday. (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

Freemasonry has its origins in late-16th- and early-17th-century England and Scotland and entered India with the colonisers in the early 18th century.  On the organisation’s 300th anniversary, the world’s largest closed-door fraternity opened the doors of its Mumbai HQ to an Open House and a guided tour on Sunday. (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

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It was precisely to clear up misconceptions that senior Masons took the visitors through the halls and exhibits on Sunday, with guided tours every hour and a viewing hall where messages from Masons from around the world played on a loop (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

It was precisely to clear up misconceptions that senior Masons took the visitors through the halls and exhibits on Sunday, with guided tours every hour and a viewing hall where messages from Masons from around the world played on a loop (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

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There are only two separate Grand Lodges, in England, for women — and men aren’t allowed into those (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

There are only two separate Grand Lodges, in England, for women — and men aren’t allowed into those (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

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Some of the books at the organisation’s Mumbai headquarters (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

Some of the books at the organisation’s Mumbai headquarters (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

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An All Seeing Eye painted on glass adorns one wall — a reminder, like the G, that there are no secrets from the Divine Being (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

An All Seeing Eye painted on glass adorns one wall — a reminder, like the G, that there are no secrets from the Divine Being (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

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The ceiling is painted to mirror the sky, with a moon, North Star and the sun — all lit up. From the sun hangs a chain with the letter ‘G’ on it, symbolic of God, situated at the heart of a black-and-white tiled floor that the masons call the carpet, with a sun etched on it too (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

The ceiling is painted to mirror the sky, with a moon, North Star and the sun — all lit up. From the sun hangs a chain with the letter ‘G’ on it, symbolic of God, situated at the heart of a black-and-white tiled floor that the masons call the carpet, with a sun etched on it too (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

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The black-and-white pattern represents the idea of inherent contrast — between light and darkness, good and evil (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

The black-and-white pattern represents the idea of inherent contrast — between light and darkness, good and evil (Kunal Patil/htphoto)

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