Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram where Beatles spent a few weeks in 1968 meditating, breathing incense, fending off reporters and writing songs for the White Album—was reopened to the public this week.
What the actual story is?
The ashram, in Rishikesh, has long been a pilgrimage site for fans looking to retrace the band’s steps and soak up harmonious vibes. There are a few scattered, misspelled signs pointing toward Beatle’s Ashram. Locals call this place as Chaurasi Kutiya—Hindi for 84 Huts, after the dozens of cave-like stone hovels in which devotees slept.
Beatles visit to this Ashram popularized the notion that the spiritual East has something to teach the rational West.