Monday, March 21, 2016

Rishikesh - The Beatles Ashram

Another day in Rishikesh we walked along the river and through some of the big ashrams, and went in search of the Beatle's Ashram (actually called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram).  The Beatles came here in 1968 to attend transcendental meditation training here.  

Aparently their visit was one of the band's most productive periods, and also led to a change in Western attitudes about Indian spirituality and the study of Transcendental Meditation.  Along with their wives, girlfriends, assistants and numerous reporters, the Beatles arrived in India in February 1968 and joined the group of 60 people who were training to be TM teachers. While there the Beatles wrote many songs that they later recorded on The White Album and Abbey Road.

It was quite an eerie place - completely deserted now and in ruins.  We wandered around the grounds and looked at the places where the Beatles and others had lived.  All in all it was quite amazing.

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