If you haven’t heard of the time popular British band, Beatles spent in Rishikesh, then probably you aren’t a music follower. The band has great time retrospecting their lives and fine tuning the chords, both in the band and their music. The ashram where they stayed still attracts a horde of fans from all corners of the world, who still come in with a thought of experiencing the same spiritual bliss. Let’s know more about the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a splendid little hilly town in the forests of Uttarakhand and situated on the banks of river Ganga. Though in modern times, the town is more popular amongst youngsters to try adventure activities than a religious destination. Rishikesh is blessed with some really fascinating temples, ashrams and spiritual centres, tucked in the remotest corners of the valleys. Maybe this is why the aura of the place attracted the British pop/rock band Beatles. Every week you’d find a large no. of tourists and devotees flocking from nearby cities. You can too plan a fun weekend in the green valleys of this holy town and take a Rishikesh to Delhi taxito return.
The Beatles as you know, was an English rock/pop band established in the 1960s in Liverpool, England and consisted of legends like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The band dominated the English and American music scene for a long time in the 60s and 70s and had a cult following. The fame of ‘Fab Four’, as they were called, spread like wildfire all around the globe.
In 1968, the Beatles traveled to India and stayed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh for about a month. The trip happened as George Harrison urged the other members of the band to travel to its dreamy destination in India. The band stayed at the Mahesh Yogi’s meditation centre to gain knowledge about Indian mysticism under the maharishi. Apparently due to several reasons, the band didn’t like the places and slowly they left the ashram one after the other. Though their time was short lived, it is said the band create a number of hit numbers during their stay, which later went on to become mega smash hits.
The arrival of Beatles paved way to International tourism in Rishikesh, though it was happening before, but the band’s influence leveraged the influx. The ashram, as per the ones who spend their time at its prime, was amazingly beautiful, but with time depreciation took the toll. The ashram camouflaged itself with that of the surrounding greenery. The ashram was also subjected to vandalism and theft, who regularly plundered the place. The sole reason behind this was due to improper maintenance and negligence from the side of ashram administration who drifted away from carrying the work. The Maharishi always dreamt of creating a beautiful ashram with river rocks and colourful tiles, though it could not achieve the dreamy outlook.
So, if you’re planning a tour of this famous ashram in the green valleys of Rishikesh. Don’t forget to relive the magic of the Beatles in this glorious retreat.