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Forest dept releases ₹10 cr to renovate Beatles Ashram

The forest department has released ₹10 crore to revive Chaurasi Kutia, better known as Beatles Ashram, as an important attraction for foreign tourists in Rishikesh

dehradun Updated: Sep 25, 2017 19:55 IST
Prithviraj Singh
The forest department has taken its first big plunge to renovate the abandoned structures  where the Beatles stayed to learn transcendental mediation under the guidance of Mahesh Yogi.
The forest department has taken its first big plunge to renovate the abandoned structures where the Beatles stayed to learn transcendental mediation under the guidance of Mahesh Yogi.(HT File)

 The forest department has released ₹10 crore to revive Chaurasi Kutia, better known as Beatles Ashram, as an important attraction for foreign tourists in Rishikesh.

The department has taken its first big plunge to renovate the abandoned structures where the Beatles stayed to learn transcendental mediation under the guidance of Mahesh Yogi.

It has decided to renovate the ‘Chaurasi’ (84) lodging shelters constructed by Mahesh Yogi for the purpose of yoga and spiritual indoctrination of his disciples in the late 1960s. According to sources, the released fund would be spent for renovation of other ecotourism centres under the department.

“Chaurasi Kutia is one of the most sought after tourism destinations of Uttarakhand and we are looking forward to restore its transnational glory without impacting the existing infrastructure. We have released the fund and we plan to start the renovation work soon,” forest minister Harak Singh Rawat said, adding that it’s a heritage structure that needs to be preserved.

The tourism department is also working on a plan to renovate the Beatles Ashram and set up a museum for the fans of the iconic British musical band.

Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj has affirmed his department’s plan and had invited the son of well known singer, George Harrison, for the inaugural function.

The Beatles had arrived in Rishikesh in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation at Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram located in the forest of the Rajaji National Park .

In their nearly two months stay at the ashram, the band composed 40 songs, 20 of which were recorded. After the ashram was abandoned, the forest department took it under its wings once its lease deed with the late seer expired in late 1990s.