The Beatles Ashram Project

The Beatles Ashram Project
Capturing the Magic of their Pilgrimage through Art

In 1968 the Beatles went on a pilgrimage to the Himalayas to study meditation. The rock band and their entourage spent 8 weeks in Rishikesh learning advanced Transcendental Meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Their association with Maharishi led to a revolution in attitudes towards Eastern Philosophy and spirituality.

The ashram, recently reopened to tourists, was closed for decades and during this time it became a shrine for Beatles fans who decorated the walls with colourful graffiti.

California-based street artist Pan Trinity Das visited Rishikesh in 2012 and left behind many yoga-inspired murals. “When I first arrived in the hall there were charcoal drawings all over the walls and maybe one or two very small coloured paintings,” he told CNN.

“It was obvious to me that people wanted to claim this space and commemorate the legends that walked these grounds.”

In February 2016, four artists were invited to revive the vandalized and abandoned “Beatles Ashram”  with a series of high finish murals. The paintings shown in this video were completed by artist Miles Toland, as a personal challenge to create a mural a day for one week.

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