(by Nagpur Today, November 19th, 2018)
Nagpur: City’s Rajeev Khandelwal will be installed as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India for a 3-year term 2018-21 in a grand function to be held on November 24 and 25 at Empress Palace, Wardha Road.
Khandelwal is the first from city and Central India to occupy the highest office of Freemasonry in India and the youngest Grand Master since the consecration of the GLI. He will take over the reins from Harcharansingh Ranauta to become the 17th Grand Master.
The event, also called grand festival, is likely to be attended by 1300 Masons prominently. Currently, the membership strength of Grand Lodge of India is around 24000.
Khandelwal was unanimously elected as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of India (GLI) for 2018-2021 recently. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Khandelwal is among the 73 highly decorated prominent Freemasons to receive the highest honour — ‘Order of Service to Freemasonry’ — in the past six decades and has also served as Deputy Grand Master, GLI and Regional Grand Master of Regional Grand Lodge of Western India.
In Nagpur there are 12 local lodges under the Grand Lodge of India, with about 700 prominent masons as its members. The apex body is headed by the Grand Master.
Khandelwal joined freemasonry in August 1984 in Lodge Gondwana No. 226, Nagpur and has been a continuous member since last 34 years. He is also a member of…