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‘The Beatles’ connection with Rishikesh to give a big push to Yoga

The gallery has three sections –one dedicated to the Beatles’ visit to Rishikesh in February 1968, the other focuses on the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the third will display photographs of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve.

dehradun Updated: Feb 19, 2018 21:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Uttarakhand news,Rishikesh,The Beatles
Forest minister Harak Singh Rawat and others witness the exhibition in Rishikesh on Monday. (Rajeev Kala/HT Photo )

After a wait of almost a year, the photo gallery of the “Fab Four”–the members of the British rock band, the Beatles, were lovingly known--was thrown open for the visitors in Rishikesh on Monday.

The gallery has three sections –one dedicated to the Beatles’ visit to Rishikesh in February 1968, the other focuses on the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the third will display photographs of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve.

State forest minister Harak Singh Rawat and Rishikesh legislator Ritu Khanduri inaugurated the photo gallery that will be a permanent feature at the ‘Chaurasi Kutia’-- as the Beatles’ ashram is popularly known.

The photo gallery will be part of the year-long celebration to mark the 50 years of the Beatles’ visit to India.

The exhibition is a big treat for the Beatles’ fans from across the world since the ashram was opened for the visitors in 2015, said Rawat.

The Chaurasi Kutia—on the fringe of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve--where the “Fab Four” spent some time in 1968 and now falls inside the Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR).

“The state government is considering more such treats in the future for the fans of the Fab Four,” he said.

The members of the band--George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon--arrived in Rishikesh in February 1968 to attend an advanced “Transcendental Meditation” training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi- a flamboyant self-styled Indian guru.

The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Trust has provided 40 rare photographs taken by film-maker and author Paul Saltzman, who accompanied the Beatles during their stay at the ashram, have been displayed in the renovated meditation hall.

Anand Srivastava, nephew of Mahesh Yogi and a trustee of the Maharishi’s spiritual movement in India said the Beatles’ connection with the Maharishi was a turning point for Rishikesh’s fame as a Yoga centre.

“Since the Beatles’ visit to Rishikesh, a number of different styles of Yoga have come up,” he said.

“Yoga is now internationally recognized and now with a permanent photo gallery at the ashram, we hope that visitors will get a glimpse of the Beatles’ visit and also get to know about the Mahirishi’s teachings.”

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 21:41 IST