In need of a little help from my friends: Ashram where the Beatles wrote the White Album and came to meditate lies overgrown despite efforts to save the building in 2015

Pictures of 'Beatles Ashram', in Rishikesh, northern India, show crumbling buildings and overgrown grounds Graffiti artists have scrawled some of The Fab Four's famous lyrics on the walls of the spiritual hermitage John, Paul, George and Ringo travelled to the site 50 years ago to study meditation but site became derelict

18 December 2018 - 09:20

These eerie pictures show the abandoned remains of the ashram in India where the Beatles wrote the White Album.

Some of the buildings are crumbling and parts of the grounds are overgrown at the retreat on the eastern bank of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, far northern India.

Graffiti artists have scrawled some of The Fab Four's famous lyrics, including 'I get high with a little help from my friends' on the walls alongside drawings of the Dalai Lama.

Fifty years ago, the 'Beatles Ashram' - also known as Chaurasi Kutia - was the focus of international attention when John, Paul, George and Ringo travelled there to study meditation.

But it became derelict after its flamboyant guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi abandoned the spiritual hermitage in the 1970s.

Abandoned: Pictures show the eerie and overgrown remains of the ashram in India where the Beatles wrote the White Album


Some of the buildings are crumbling and parts of the grounds are overgrown at the retreat on the eastern bank of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, far northern India

Some of the buildings are crumbling and parts of the grounds are overgrown at the retreat on the eastern bank of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, far northern India


Some of the Fab Four's famous lyrics, including 'I get high with a little help from my friends' are scrawled on the walls alongside drawings of the Dalai Lama

Some of the Fab Four's famous lyrics, including 'I get high with a little help from my friends' are scrawled on the walls alongside drawings of the Dalai Lama


Fifty years ago, the 'Beatles Ashram' - also know as Chaurasi Kutia - was the focus of international attention when John, Paul, George and Ringo travelled there to study meditation

Fifty years ago, the 'Beatles Ashram' - also know as Chaurasi Kutia - was the focus of international attention when John, Paul, George and Ringo travelled there to study meditation

The complex was reported to have reopened to the public in 2015 on the 35th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination with authorities in the state of Uttarakhand cleaning up the site with a view to turning it into a yoga centre for tourists.

But recent pictures taken by Antony Meadley, 54, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, show how trees and plants have grown up in and around some of the buildings while colourful graffiti has been sprayed on walls.

Lyrics from Beatles classics 'Cry Baby Cry' and 'With a Little Help From My Friends' can be seen on the crumbling paint work.

The ashram is spread over nearly 18 acres (7.2 hectares) of land in the Himalayan foothills.

It has remained a popular pilgrimage for hardcore Beatles fans despite becoming derelict and being taken over by the wildlife department in 2003.


Lyrics from Beatles classics 'Cry Baby Cry', 'I'm so tired' and 'With a Little Help From My Friends' can be seen on the crumbling paint work

Lyrics from Beatles classics 'Cry Baby Cry', 'I'm so tired' and 'With a Little Help From My Friends' can be seen on the crumbling paint work


Recent pictures taken by Antony Meadley, 54, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, show how trees and plants have grown up in and around some of the buildings while colourful graffiti has been sprayed on walls

Recent pictures taken by Antony Meadley, 54, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, show how trees and plants have grown up in and around some of the buildings while colourful graffiti has been sprayed on walls


The ashram is spread over nearly 18 acres (7.2 hectares) of land on the eastern bank of the Ganges river in Rishikesh in the Himalayan foothills of far northern India

The ashram is spread over nearly 18 acres (7.2 hectares) of land on the eastern bank of the Ganges river in Rishikesh in the Himalayan foothills of far northern India


The site is believed to have become derelict after its flamboyant guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi abandoned the spiritual hermitage in the 1970s

The site is believed to have become derelict after its flamboyant guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi abandoned the spiritual hermitage in the 1970s


Pictures show what looks like a rusting post box in the overgrown grounds of the 'Beatles Ashram' - also know as Chaurasi Kutia

Pictures show what looks like a rusting post box in the overgrown grounds of the 'Beatles Ashram' - also know as Chaurasi Kutia


The complex was reported to have reopened to the public in 2015 on the 35th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination with authorities in the state of Uttarakhand cleaning up the site with a view to turning it into a yoga centre for tourists

The complex was reported to have reopened to the public in 2015 on the 35th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination with authorities in the state of Uttarakhand cleaning up the site with a view to turning it into a yoga centre for tourists


Recent pictures taken by Antony Meadley, 54, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, show how trees and plants have grown up in and around some of the buildings while colourful graffiti has been sprayed on walls

Recent pictures taken by Antony Meadley, 54, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, show how trees and plants have grown up in and around some of the buildings while colourful graffiti has been sprayed on walls

Fans could still sneak in by climbing over the perimeter walls, with a meditation hall decorated with colourful graffiti the main attraction.

The Beatles stayed at the ashram in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from the guru Maharishi.

It was there and shortly afterwards that they penned many of their songs for their famous 'White Album'.

They wrote around 48 songs during that period, including Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence  - inspired by Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, who was staying at the ashram at the same time - and I'm So Tired - which Lennon wrote after suffering from three weeks of poor sleep at the ashram.


The Beatles stayed at the ashram in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from the guru Maharishi. It was there and shortly afterwards that they penned many of their songs for their famous 'White Album'

The Beatles stayed at the ashram in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from the guru Maharishi. It was there and shortly afterwards that they penned many of their songs for their famous 'White Album'


The Beatles wrote around 48 songs during that period, including Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence - inspired by Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, who was staying at the ashram at the same time - and I'm So Tired - which Lennon wrote after suffering from three weeks of poor sleep at the ashram

The Beatles wrote around 48 songs during that period, including Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence - inspired by Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, who was staying at the ashram at the same time - and I'm So Tired - which Lennon wrote after suffering from three weeks of poor sleep at the ashram


Pictures show the abandoned interior of some of the buildings in the site, which is still visited by fans of the legendary band

Pictures show the abandoned interior of some of the buildings in the site, which is still visited by fans of the legendary band


Pictures from the site show there are colourful murals
The interior of one of the ashram's buildings

Pictures from the site show a series of colourful murals (left). Pictured right: the interior of one of the ashram's buildings


Eerie: The ashram is spread over nearly 18 acres (7.2 hectares) of land in the Himalayan foothills

Eerie: The ashram is spread over nearly 18 acres (7.2 hectares) of land in the Himalayan foothills


The site has remained a popular pilgrimage for hardcore Beatles fans despite becoming derelict and being taken over by the wildlife department in 2003

The site has remained a popular pilgrimage for hardcore Beatles fans despite becoming derelict and being taken over by the wildlife department in 2003


Source: daily mail
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