It sounds strange, right? Beatles and Rishikesh, India… Especially when Beatles gave a name to one of the thousands of an ashram in India, Beatles Ashram …
What Beatles Do in India?
Beatles, the legendary English rock group from 60s… Like many other spiritual seekers Beatles also came to India in 1968. They came to Rishikesh, which is known as the yoga center of the world, home for many Sadhu*s, located in the footsteps of Himalayas and nearby the holy river Ganges. In order to experience Transcendental Meditation found by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
During their visit, they wrote 40 beautiful songs here which were published in their next album. The visit followed the group’s denunciation of drugs in favour of TM, and received widespread media attention. They had a very simple lifestyle as their guru. George Harrison’s words explains their state of mind very clearly: ‘After all, we’re Beatles, right? We have all the assets you can imagine. We have the fame you can ever want in your lifetime. But this is not love. It’s not health, either. It’s not the peace within, is it?’
Beatles Ashram Rishikesh / Maharishi Mahesh Ashram
The ashram was closed for 30 years after those years, and it was taken over by Uttarakhand Forest Ministery in 2003. Although it was closed to the public, Beatles fans managed to secretly infiltrate inside the walls of the ashram and behaved like a shrine, made many beautiful murals.
Of course, it is not even a matter to visit the ashram located in the Rajaji National Park, while I am in Rishikesh. As it is in the national park and spread over a large area, it does not make yo feel very safe. Desolateness can be felt every step. I thanked myself for not going alone, also thankful to God that I wasn’t faced an elephant or a tiger out,
In the past years some sneaky visitors managed to infiltrate from the back wall. Today, because of the guards it’s not possible. So you have to pay 600 Rupees as a tourist.
Let’s enjoy this magical venue with photos.
Beatles Ashram Photonovel
Ashram: Ashram is a spiritual hermitage or a monastery in Indian religions. Today it is also known as a place which brings guru and the desciples together to practice and learn yoga and meditation.
Sadhu: A sadhu, also spelled saddhu, is a religious ascetic, mendicant or any holy person in Hinduism and Jainism who has renounced the worldly life.
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