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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.

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