“When you look up at the sky and see a cloud, think of me”
– John Lenon to Yoko Ono
Meditation HUts with Awe-Inspiring Graffiti: #WordlessWednesday
1 October, 2018, 1:51 PM
We are once again back to the Beatles Ashram, in Rishikesh, this #WordlessWednesday. Remember that post from two weeks back, captioned Hey Jude, where I tell you all about the Beatles Ashram. Well, here’s another revelation of the lush, sprawling, serene ashram.
The Meditation Huts: The Beatles ashram houses eighty-four meditation huts or caves that dot the entire landscape, of this mystical property. Locally the ashram is also known as chaurasi kutia, for its eighty-four egg-shaped, Buddha helmet-style, pebbled meditation huts. Each meditation hut has a tiny WC and wash area too. Most of the meditation huts are two levels high.
The Graffiti: Each hut comes with a unique graffiti, drawn with meticulous detailing and precision. The art has been created over the last few decades, and is mostly the work of passionate travellers, visitors or artists to the ashram, who were definitely die-hard Beatles fans. The spectacular wall art you see in my first frame, was on a floor higher, and on the roof of a meditation hut. I had to climb a creaky staircase to get there, with my head almost brushing against the roof. This wall art in burnt orange, black and nuances of blue left me spell-bound. The pretty inscription – a quote by John Lenon to the love of his life, Yoko Ono, stood out screaming beyond time, tide and life.
Here are the graffitis I shared last week. Maybe you would like to take a peak.
The wall art/graffiti at the Beatles ashram is one of its kind. Various hands from across the globe have worked in tandem, to make these beautiful pieces of art possible. They can be found in different corners of the ashram, and each one of them are a representation of something which is beyond unique. One of the rooms of the hostel, or housing facility also had the Buddhist chant, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo inscribed on the wall, to my utter delight.
Are you planning to take that trip to Beatles Ashram? In case you aren’t, I suggest you do so right away. Diwali and Christmas are around the corner and and if you would like to do something out of the box and tranquil, here’s where you should go. And you can combine an adventure trip of rafting across the Ganges too. So what are you waiting for?
Would also love to hear your experiences on wall art and graffiti. Are you as enchanted by them as I am? What kind of wall art catches your fancy?
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