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Remains of Yesterday

Print edition : September 20, 2013

1968: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with some of his famous followers (left to right) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, the Maharishi, George Harrison, Mia Farrow and Donovan. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

What is left of the Meditation Hall at Chaurasi Kutia.

The Beatles on the walls of the Yoga Hall, along with spiritual leaders.

The ruins of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's private abode.

A view from the roof of the guest house.

Signage pointing to The Beatles Ashram, in Rishikesh.

The entry to the ashram, with the "No Entry" sign.

The guest house on the ashram campus.

A moss-covered bench where celebrities once sat.

When The Beatles wanted time out from a tumultous and highly successful 1967, they spent three months in Chaurasi Kutia, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, triggering a craze for everything Indian in the 1960s' counterculture. Today, the ashram, with all its told and untold stories, is a picture of neglect and decay.
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