The Theosophical Society

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  • Address: Vasanta Press Road, Opp Malar Hospital, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090, India
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 044-24912815
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Forest, Garden, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Nature

In a mysterious and serene forest-garden in the heart of Adyar, along the river banks lies the Theosophical Society of Chennai. Built on three main principles, this society seeks universal brotherhood without distinction on race, gender, creed or any other factor. Delve into their gorgeous gardens, teeming with flaura and fawna and you will assuredly have quite a remarkable evening. Those who love reading and learning about new ideologies and life philosophy, will find this Society especially interesting, though the library is off limits to tourists.

The Society was founded in 1875 by Helena Pterovna Blavatsky, a Russian occultist. She defined theology as ‘the archaic wisdom-religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization”. The Brotherhood is based on the realization that life, and all its diverse forms, human or not, are indivisibly One. The Society doesn’t impose any way of living or belief and the members are united by only one burning desire – to learn the meaning and purpose of existence through study, reflection, self-responsibility and loving service. The main ideologies of the Society are;

  • To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.
  • To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
  • To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.

The society has two sections that are of interest to observers and casual tourists: the library and the gardens. You can immerse yourself in fascinating literature in the library. It’s filled with unique books on the topics of karma, reincarnation, consciousness and literature explaining different world religions. It is dedicated to the research and publication in the fields of eastern philosophy and civilization. It contains over 250,000 printed volumes, including palm-leaf scripts, the Chinese Tripitakas, the Tibetan Kanjur and Tanjur and a collection of rare works in Latin and other Western Languages. It also receives over 200 journals from different countries. The library has a series of scholars as its Director and is recognized has a Research Center for a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indology by the University of Madras.

If you step out onto the garden outside, the sounds of woodpeckers, parakeets, cuckoos and sparrows singing and trilling will greet your ears. Small animal species that are unique to the city can be seen scurrying around in the grass and playing in the trees. You can spot jackals and mongoose, as well as other small animals. The main attraction is a huge, 450 years old Banyan tree, supposedly the oldest in the world, with roots covering up to 60,000 square meters. Strolling through the garden is extremely peaceful, away from the chaos of the city and little shrines can be found throughout. Peace will engulf you as you study nature at its calmest, so be sure to take your time and appreciate all the beauty around you.

  • The gardens are very peaceful and definitely a must see in Chennai.
  • The plants, especially the banyan trees, are breathtaking and if you walk a little bit off the beaten tracks you will end up finding wonderful surprises.
  • The main library is not accessible for visitors.
  • Visit the library and ask to visit the "display room" and there you'll find unique books from all over the word, sometimes from the 15th century, on display: old Tibetan prayer books, Hindu mythology vedas engraved on palm leaves, illustrations donated by the ancient rulers of Java, books brought by European visitors. You might discover books you've never seen in your life.

  • Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.
  • The closest train stop is quite far away, nearly 10km, so it’s advisable to use a bus or a cab.

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  • The Theosophical Society Address: Vasanta Press Road, Opp Malar Hospital, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090, India
  • The Theosophical Society Contact Number: 044-24912815
  • The Theosophical Society Timing: 08:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • The Theosophical Society Price: Free
  • Best time to visit The Theosophical Society(preferred time): 08:30 am - 10:55 am
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  • 23.54% of people who visit Chennai include The Theosophical Society in their plan

  • 51.72% of people start their The Theosophical Society visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see The Theosophical Society

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Theosophical Society

People normally club together The Anna Centenary Library and Ashtalakshmi Temple while planning their visit to The Theosophical Society.

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  • Excellent place to enjoy the smell of nature. Its very calm place in chennai. Its having hundred year old palace.Its the place for lots of endangered species and they are preserving rare plants and trees.Its having a Church, Temple and library.400 year old the world's biggest Banyan tree is there. Entry is free

  • A philanthropic place..about 200 acres of lush green........ Beautiful forest type campus.Old trees and plants with beautiful flowers. Excellent place for walking Admission restricted to pass holders only. Visitors are allowed only during couple of hours

  • This is for those people who would enjoy the nature, or want to have a quite & peaceful time. The big old banyan tree is a wonderful sight to see and feel amazed about it. Also a historically significant place.

  • This place is just amazing. A mini jungle in between a busy city is always amazing. A very good place for getting peace. The Banyan tree is the central attraction. Try to carry some food and water as you won't get then inside.

  • Quiet place, good for walks. They don't allow shooting with DSLR inside the park. You have to take prior permission from the office which is open only from Monday to Friday. Parking for two-wheeler is available inside the park gate. They don't charge for parking.

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