W.Bro.Dr.G.Raghuvaran belongs to a family of Freemasons. His father Dr.Gopala Pillai was a Freemason, so also is his elder brother Dr.G.Surendran. His son, Dr.Ajith Raghuvaran is also a Freemason. Dr.G.Raghuvaran was initiated into Freemasonry on 21-04-1979, in Lodge Trivandrum No.168, by W.Bro. J.C.Alexander. From the very beginning he evinced keen interest in Masonry and attended the meetings regularly traveling from Nagarcoil where he has established his medical practice.
Dr. Raghuvaran was one of the petitioners for Lodge Vivekananda No.254 consecrated on 12-02-1985. And there in Lodge Vivekananda he made his daily advancement in Masonry. He held various offices and was installed in the Eastern Chair in the year 1990. W.Bro.Raghuvaran was also the founder of Lodge Thamirvarni No.289 and Lodge Pearl City No.290. He is also a member of Madras Masters’ Lodge No.103.
Dr.Raghuvaran was exalted in Chapter Kanyakumari No.87 in 1990, and is a founder of Dakshin Principal’s Chapter No.103. He was advanced in Mark Lodge Chera No.16 in 1991. He was inducted in R A M Lodge Kudal No. 17. He is a founder of Mark Lodge Kanyakumari No. 76 and Dakshin Mark Masters Lodge No.100. He is also a founder of RAM Lodge Kanyakumari No.76. W.Bro.Raghuvaran has passed the chair in all the Superior Degrees. W.Bro. Raghuvaran is a keen ritualist and has won many Certificates of Merit for his performance in Competitions. His zeal and dedication has met with approbation of the Regional Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge of India. He has been conferred with several Ranks active and past. He currently holds the ranks of P. Dy. R. G. M and P. G. Supdt of Works. In Holy Royal Arch Chapter he holds the Rank of P. R. G. Swd. Br. and P. G. Janitor. In the Degree of Mark Master Mason, W.Bro.Raghuvaran holds the rank of P. R. G. Regr. of Marks and in R A M Degree he is J. R. A. M. G. O, and RAM RGO. He has served as a member of the Regional Board of General Purposes for five years. W.Bro. Dr. Raghuvaran has served as a Judge in the Ritual Working Competitions, first stage for six years and in the year 2003 was Judge in the Second Stage. W.Bro.Dr.G.Raguvaran completed 25 years in Masonry in 2004 and in an impressive ceremony held on 16th June 2004, R.W.Bro.Dr.Balaram Biswakumar presented him with 25 Years Long Term Service Jewel.
W.Bro.G. Raghuvaran was inducted into the Order of the Secret Monitor in
Trivandrum Conclave No.127 and was installed as the Supreme Ruler in Kamak Conclave No. 139, in 1996. When the Cape Comorin Conclave No.246 was consecrated on 30th November 2004, Wy.Bro.G.Raghuvaran was installed as its Supreme Ruler by none other than M.Wy.Bro.Peter Glyn Williams, Most Worthy Grand Supreme Ruler. Wy.Bro.G.Raghuvaran is also a member of Trivandrum Conclave No.127, Kamak Conclave No.139, Churnat Conclave, Chitty Conclave of Supreme Rulers and the Supreme Ruler’s Conclave No 123, London. He is holding the rank of Past District Grand Std. Br. and Past Grand Bow Br.
W.Bro. Dr. Raghuvaran is a founder Trustee of Vivekananda Masonic Charitable Trust and the Secretary of the Trust since its inception in 1994. He was closely associated with the management of the Trust and the construction of the Temple. In fact the Temple of Lodge Vivekananda is a glowing testimony for his dynamic leadership. He has been able to secure financial assistance from the Grand Lodge of India as well as the Regional Grand Lodge for the construction of the Temple.
Born as the second son of Dr. Gopala Pillai on the 3rd of October 1935, Dr. Raghuvaran had his schooling in S.L.B. English High School, Nagarcoil and he graduated from St.Xavier’s College Palayamkotta. He then joined the prestigious Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. After his M.B.B.S, he went to England and worked at the Birmingham Medical School for eight years. He also secured a Diploma in Otolaryngology from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1971. He is practicing as a Consultant E.N.T.Surgeon in his own Hospital, Dr.M.Gopala Pillai’s Jawahar Hospital at Nagarcoil. Dr. Raghuvaran’s wife Dr. Sumithra Raghuvaran is a renowned Gyneacologist and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gyneacology. They have only one son Dr. Ajith Raghuvaran, who is a Surgical Gastroenterologist and heads the Department of Gastroenterology at Raja Muthiah Chettiar Medical College, Chidambaram. Bro.Dr.Ajith Raghuvaran has married Dr. Rashmi who is a Gyneacologist.
W.Bro.Dr.G.Raghuvaran is a senior Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club of Thuckalay. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was the Charter President of the Y’s Men’s Club of Nagarcoil, President of E.N.T. Association of Nagercoil, President of the K.M.C.Allumini Association, Founder Director of Sree Ayyappa College for Women at Nagarcoil and holds responsible positions in a number of social and philanthropic organizations. He is well known for his charitable disposition. He is an avid reader and possesses an enviable collection of world classics. He has travelled widely and has participated in many Medical Conferences and Rotary International Conventions.