Since 1882 its International Headquarters (often referred to as 'Adyar') has been located in Adyar, Chennai (formerly Madras), India.
J. Krishnamurti, had this to say about that unique centre:
'It is essential for the individual member and for the Society that Adyar, as a great spiritual center, should be maintained worthy and dignified. The importance of this is so obvious that few can doubt it. Adyar is and always has been a spiritual oasis to which the weary traveller looks for comfort and repose.
Along the walls of the hall are bas-relief symbols and figures: those on the north, east and west represent living religions-Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, and the Baha'i religion. The south wall represents the extinct religions.
Is very famous for the Banyan Tree which is believed to be the largest tree all over the world.
There are also, many shrines of various religions, like;
Bharata Samaja Temple
This architecturally beautiful non-sectarian Hindu shrine called the 'Temple of Light' contains no idol, only a flame. Here at sunrise every morning a small band of devoted worshippers gather to perform the 'Bharata Samaj Puja'.
Church of St Michael and All Angels
This is an attractive, well-appointed church where services according to the rites of the Liberal Catholic Church are held on Sunday mornings and other important days.
The Buddhist Shrine
Situated in the coconut grove by the Adyar River, not far from the Headquarters building, is the Buddhist shrine. It was built in 1925 under the direction of Mr C. Jinarajadasa, and enshrines a gray sandstone image of the Lord Buddha from Eastern India. This statue, given by Annie Besant, shows the Buddha as the Teacher of Dharma, turning the Wheel of the Law. Around his head is an inscription in Tibetan characters: 'He taught the cause of all things as also the means of cessation'.
Directly facing the temple is a lily tank and beyond it a magnificent Bodhi tree (ficus religiosa), grown from a sapling descended from the original tree under which the Lord Gautama attained Enlightenment. Nearby stood an ancient Buddhist gong, which used to be struck in the old days at six o'clock morning and evening.
Not far from the Hindu temple is the Zoroastrian shrine. The figures are Assyrian in origin: the animal-men indicate the Self in the world of form; the kneeling horses at the capitals of the columns signify the mind obedient to the Self; and the winged figure over the entrance is symbolic of the Highest Self, its three-faced nature being represented by the radianting wings and tail.
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