Madras is also the fountainhead of the theosophical movement, which spread worldwide. The
Theosophical Society is located along the Adyar River. Discourses are conducted here under a
huge banyan tree, which spreads to almost 40,000 sq. ft. of area.
This society was started in
1875 with the help of Annie Besant, a foreigner to India, who wanted to revive Hindu culture
and values back to India.