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Location DB > India > Uttarakhand > Rishikesh > Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram
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created by wizehopt on 3/14/2011 6:31 AM
last modified by wizehopt on 3/14/2011 6:50 AM
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The compound is about 7 km squared over grown with forest/jungle. It was a massive ashram that has since been abandoned.
It is made up of a variety of different style structures ranging from little meditation pods all the way up to four story buildings.

After leaving we heard that about a km back from the large 4 story building with the egg pods on top there was an underground meditation center with 84 chambers. We didn't go back to check it out but would be worth investigating if your there.
 Basic Information
Type: Compound
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
south of Swarg Ashram
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Owner: Unknown at this time
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    - Buildings of all different sizes and styles
    -over grown structures
    -lots of monkeys
    -rooftop views of the jungle
     Security Measures
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 1997
     Required Equipment
  • binoculars
  • bring bribe money no more than 50 rupies, and water to drink
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    Just south of Swarg Ashram, slowly being consumed by the forest undergrowth, is what's left of the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. It was abandoned in 1997 and is now back under the control of the forest department, but the shells of many buildings, meditation cells and lecture halls can still be seen, including Maharishi's own house and the guesthouse where the Beatles stayed.

    Indeed, in February 1968 Rishikesh hit world headlines when the four Beatles and their partners stayed, following an interest and earlier visit by George Harrison. Ringo and his wife didn't like the vegetarian food, missed their children and left after a couple of weeks, but the others stayed for a month or two. They relaxed and wrote tons of songs, many of which ended up on their double disc White Album. But rumours of the Maharishi's demands for money and his behaviour towards some female disciples eventually disillusioned all of them. 'You made a fool of everyone' John Lennon sang about the Maharishi. In later years, Harrison and McCartney went on record as saying the rumours were unfounded. The original ashram is now abandoned but nearly 40 years on, idealistic foreigners still swarm into Rishikesh seeking spiritual enlightenment from the teachers and healers in their tranquil ashrams scattered along the Ganges River.
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    Talking to a security guard after wards we were told that they had plans in re opening the compound in a year or two. So if you want to see it in all its abandoned glory you should come sooner than later.

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    LITTLE ANKOR WAT - 03, 11, 2011
    Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
    posted by wizehopt
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  • on Mar 14 11 at 9:04, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 14 11 at 7:04, wizehopt made this location available
  • on Mar 14 11 at 7:03, wizehopt updated gallery LITTLE ANKOR WAT - 03, 11, 2011
  • on Mar 14 11 at 7:01, wizehopt added some pictures to a gallery
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