CLOCKWISE FROM TOP
Krishna devotees prostrate during the circumambulation of Govardhan Hill. Moving one stone her body’s length with each prostration (of 108 stones), the devotee in the foreground’s parikrama (walk around this sacred hill) will take 12 years to complete. Her bhakti (devotion) to Krishna keeps her moving forward.
• A brahmachari chants the Maha mantra in walking meditation at Krishna Balaram Temple in Vridavan. This Hare Krishna mantra has been continuously sung, 24 hours a day, at the temple since 1986.
• Meditation pods lie overgrown and abandoned on the banks of the Ganges River at Chaurasi Kutia Ashram, also known as “The Beatles Ashram,” in Rishikesh. In 1968, the band visited this ashram, which belonged to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training course. Their adoption of the Maharishi as their guru helped to change attitudes in the West about Indian spirituality and yoga.