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Theosophical Society Chennai

The Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 in the U.S.A and has its world headquarters in Madras. Founded by Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olcott, the Theosophical Society received considerable impetus and support from Annie Besant. Set in an idyllic location on the banks of the Adyar River, the Theosophical Society is a center for discourses and comparative study of various religions and philosophies. The primary beliefs on which the Theosophical Society is based are:

1. To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.

2. To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.

3. To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.



The grounds are famous for the largest Banyan tree in the world - the Adyar Aalamaram with a span of 60,000 sq. feet. You can find a Hindu temple, Church and Buddhist temple within the premises of the Theosophical Society. The old library houses rare collections of books and manuscripts. Known as the 'Huddleston Gardens', the 100-hectare grounds are a green refuge in the crowded city. You can spot migratory birds, fruit bats, wild cats and more among the myriad trees. A drive down Besant Avenue takes you to the entrance to this quiet green cove. Within the premises, you will find old mansions set amidst the greenery.


Visitors timings: Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 am to 10:30 am and 2 pm to 4 pm, Sunday : 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (closed on Mondays and public holidays).


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