City Landmarks – The Freemasons Lodge

Jaadu Ghar. An Enigma. A Masterpiece of Masonry. Well, no surprises here. Perhaps you would expect such high standards for a temple of Freemasonry. Jaadu Ghar as common people knew it, continue puzzling many even now. Crossing from Zainab market crossroad on your way to Arts Council, you must have seen it zillion of times. The imposing front facade along with its masonic staircase must have caught your eye. Someone may have told you that its a Freemasons lodge. That someone may have been a Freemason himself.

Freemasonry is one of the oldest and most famous (infamous) brotherhood engaged in following centuries old symbolic rituals and promoting the brotherhood. Original Freemasons were, well, masons traveling across regions building stone structures. It explains use of tools such as plumb-rule, squares and compasses in their rituals. The metaphors of operative stonemasons’ tools is widely seen across their documents. The fraternity is organized into independent Grand Lodges each having its own jurisdiction. The Freemasons lodge in Karachi was part of that chain.

The first Freemason lodge in Indian subcontinent was built in Calcutta. A petition was sent by British soldiers in India to constitute a Provincial Grand Lodge in Calcutta. A Provincial Grand Master was appointed in 1728 to promote Masonry in India and the Far East. The first Indian Mason was Omdat-ul-Omrah, Nawab Carnatic who was granted membership of brotherhood in 1775. The lodge in Karachi was built in 1914 in its current location but the original Masonic Lodge was built in 1845 in Karachi which eventually was handed over to Sindh Club administration. It has characteristics of Edwardian and Victorian style architecture.

Freemasonry was banned by Bhutto Govt. in 1972. Freemason lodges in Lahore and Karachi were sequestered and belongings confiscated. It was a result of strong sentiments against Freemasonry which was considered Zionist and its activities believed to be black magic. It might be of interest to know that Rudyard Kipling was inducted in the brotherhood in The Freemason Lodge in Lahore.

The best time to visit Karachi Lodge is on a Sunday morning. Open the rusty gate and move to the front of the building. Take a moment and appreciate the front facade with round pillars and wooden staircase. The space in front has the tablets marking the names of founding members and its office bearers. Most of the tablets have Freemason logo engraved on them. The biggest of them is inscribed on the wooden structure. Take the stairs and see the hall on first floor. Take a special note of the floor, reminiscent of Hollywood masonic flooring, it has survived through the years. The Department of Antiquity has been working on restoring the building in its original state. A lot of accessories like alien plaster has been removed and original like stone has been used where needed. A wildlife museum is planned to be established in this building.

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13 Comments on “City Landmarks – The Freemasons Lodge”

  1. Mudassir Ali
    April 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Beautiful…Alas! they don’t take care of this precious Karachi heritage (which of course is the National heritage).

  2. April 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Wow …… wonderful heritage of Karachi ……. thank you lovely post :)

  3. April 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    wow!! What a post!!!

  4. Anonymous
    November 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    I guess this building Belongs to Zionists

  5. rehan
    December 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    freemasons is a secret society and suspicious move of jews…and lodges are used as their head quarters.

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2012 at 3:08 am #

      It is generally not credible or scientific to speak on a subject simply on the basis of guess work or speculation. Allah frown upon those who spread false rumors. Freemasonry is an ancient brotherhood of men seeking to leave this world after service to their fellow man and God in a better condition than which they had received it. Freemasonry supports no one religion, cast, sect, or nationality. It is a universal search for light (knowledge) by the teaching and practice of virtues ultimately to serve God. Saying that freemasonry is a zionist organization or spreading other such rumors is simply false. It is like saying that Muslims are terrorists who seek death and destruction and and desire to be the superior race to rule over all…… Simply untrue. The moral I this story is that before we make false an misleading claims, we should take a second to evaluate, research, and sometimes even experience for ourselves so we do not fall into the darkness of ignorance. May Allah bring light to our eyes. AsA.

      • Someone who knows
        April 29, 2012 at 3:06 am #

        I think you need to improve your reading on the subject. Freemasonry was earlier a secret society. It is no more secret since everyone knows of its existence. But never the less, it is still secret because no one knows what Freemasons actually do, If one is not to believe that they are after world domination and satan worship. Besides, the mereweather tower and even the PIIA building are masonic in nature.

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        March 1, 2014 at 10:25 am #

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  6. ANonymous
    March 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

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  7. sohail
    June 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    KEEP IN MIND FREE MASONS ARE A VERY MUCH REALITY MORE POWERFUL THEN ANY BODY COULD EVEN IMAGIN BUT ALSO KEEP IN MIND VERY SOON THEIR FALL IS GOING TO START AND THEY WILL FIND NO SPACE ON PLANET BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BIGGEST ENIMIES OF ALLAH

  8. Cyrus
    September 21, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Freemasonary has nothing to do with Zionists or Religion. It believes in one God, Supreme ruler of the universe.

    It teaches virtues, told thru the story of King Suleiman.

    The Three Great Principles of Freemasonry

    1) Brotherly Love – Means that every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and will behave with compassion and understanding to his fellows.

    2) Relief – From earliest times Freemasons have been taught to help, to the best of their ability, those in distress without detriment to any who are dependent upon them, and to give their support to outside Charities.

    3) Truth – Freemasons strive for truth both in their view of themselves and in their dealings with others. Masonry requires high moral standards and its members endeavour to uphold these principles in their public and private lives.

    There is nothing secret about Freemasonary and one can always join to experience it.

    It is unfortunate that Lodges in Lahore and Karachi have closed. It is a great loss to Pakistani society.

  9. farhan siddiqii
    January 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    i like it n want to be a member of ur company plz consider me

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