Beatles Ashram, locally known as Chaurasi Kutiya is one of the most popular ashrams in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Chaurasi Kutiya means "84 meditation huts". The huts were built by local river rocks, each chamber depicting a different Yoga Asana (posture). Together, they represent the whole range of human life.
HISTORY OF THE ASHRAM
Back in 1961, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi established the Ashram on 7.5 hectares of forest land overlooking the Ganges. Many famous people came here to learn and practice Transcendental Meditation. 'The Beatles' had participated in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's seminar in Wales in 1967 and were inspired by his learnings. A year later, exhausted with their popularity, they visited the ashram seeking peace and spirituality. They undertook the TM course and stayed at the Aashram for almost 3 months. Thus, giving the ashram its name. The Ashram received extensive media coverage at that time and became famous amongst other celebs as well. Their stay turned out to be a musically productive period for them and they wrote almost 50 songs !
There are numerous buildings on the property including a former kitchen, temple, some residence buildings, library, an abandoned post office, the home of the Maharishi and the 84 meditation huts. They also have a newly constructed canteen and restroom. The menu is very limited at the cafe but you can always enjoy a plate of Maggi and steaming tea. The Beatles Ashram was neglected for many years after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi left in 1981 and was completely abandoned after that. In 2015, it became a famous tourist attraction and is now being managed by the Nature Centre by Rajaji Tiger Reserve.