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The Ashram Which Made The Beatles A Music Legend Is Now A Forest
Beatles made a life-changing visit to India in 1968, where they meditated for six weeks and wrote songs, many of which topped the charts in USA and UK. They meditated in an ashram run by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the holy city of Rishikesh and received training for Transcendental Meditation (T.M.).
The ashram was abandoned by the Guru and his disciples in the mid-70’s and since then, the area has been in nature’s hands.
Here are some of the recent pictures of the Ashram.
After attending the London seminar of Maharshi in 1967, the Beatles decided to learn more from him and planned a visit to India.
The boys arrived in India in February 1968, and joined the group of 60 people who were training to be TM teachers.
The group was lead by George Harrison and was very soon fascinated by Indian culture and spirituality.
A view of the Ashram building engulfed by nature.
The ashram is now a government property under the Rajaji National Park and trespassing is prohibited in the area.
Out of the 50 songs the Beatles wrote during their Indian visit, 18 of them made it to the super hit 'White Album'.
Meditation caves in Rishikesh, Photographed in 2008
This is a very common sight in the area, which was once visited by people from all around the world.
Beatles' fans still visit the ruins of Ashram and many consider it the perfect place to meditate.
A dilapidated meditation hall was named The Beatles Cathedral Gallery by the fans and has become the beating heart of the cracked walls.
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da and Sexy Sadie are two of the many songs written in Rishikesh.
People from all over the world come to visit the place where their idols once stayed.
Forest has swallowed the Indian retreat of Beatles.
The Ashram is now a part of Rajaji National park, which is home to 1700 elephants along with tigers and leopards.
Photo of the boys with the Guru during the meditation training period.
The walls of meditation halls have colorful graffiti all over, many of those inspired from Beatles's songs.
Many disciples of Maharishi Yogi regularly visit the Ashram even today as they can feel the peace of the old days there even today.
''The gods have left the place'' says the guard at the main gate, ''but the devotees keep on coming.''
Another picture depicting the dominance of nature over the building.
A view of one of the many meditation halls of the Ashram.
One of the snaps of Beatles practicing in Rishikesh.
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