Photo: ‘Me and my’ monkey on the porch of Maharishi’s Mahesh Yogi’s abandoned and decaying bungalow at his famous ashram , 2013
Memories of Rishikesh
Rishikesh evokes thoughts of a holy place, a place of mystery, …a place of history. We have journeyed there over the years and have been impressed with the natural beauty of the Himalayan foothills, with the turquoise water of the Ganges flowing through…with the colorful ashrams and colorful sadhus…with the cows, monkeys and dogs commingling along pathways and resting along the river. Just as the drone-like chants of ‘number 9, number 9, number 9’ weave through the avant garde composition, the rhythm of Rishikesh beats steadily, droning, mesmerizing us, filling our minds with unforgettable images of this land of the sages.
“We took taxis at the airport, monkeys were leaping about on the roof. Some hours later we arrived at the village of Rishikesh and the luggage was loaded on to oxen, we took mules, and even walked the last part up a ravine to the ashram gates. We were all amazed at the sights and sounds of the Indian atmosphere. We checked into stone bungalows and went down to see the Yogi in his modern bungalow. We all stood around as Maharishi sat cross-legged on his deerskin. John decided to break the awkward silence, went up to our Yogi, patted him on the head and said, ‘There’s a good Guru.’ We all broke up with laughter. This Liverpudlian humor was always evident, it glued them together in all their fame.”
from Barry Miles’ “Many Years From Now”
A Return to Rishikesh: Photos by Sherry Heard
Asram Dog: Photos by Sherry Heard
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