Sunday, 1 November 2015

Uttarakhand and spiritualism

Uttarakhand boasts of wonderful and fascinating places. There are several world fame religious and spiritual places, but the most talked about are Rishikesh and Haridwar towns. Many renowned celebrities and known persons have visited these twin towns and are the regular destinations for spiritualism. Following are the few examples:

Julia Roberts ;
Julia Roberts played a character, Liz Gilbert, in the film ‘Eat, Pray, love’ who came to India for some answers. In real life too, Julia has shown interest in the spiritual practice. The shooting for this movie was done in 2009 in India and while doing shooting she said, “I can see something like that (buying a house here) happening in the future. I would love to live near Haridwar or Varanasi, since they are such holy spots for Hinduism. I've heard land prices are astronomical high here, though.” Julia Robert has converted to Hinduism which may keep you guessing the reason.

The Beatles :
The well known group Beatles had a great fascination for Rishikesh. The Beatles took a trip to Rishikesh in Feb 1968. They took a meditation training session at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram (now known as Beatles Ashram) for seven weeks. John Lennon, Paul Mc Cartney, George Harrison and Ringo were the members.  Lennon had even composed a song called ‘The Happy Rishikesh’ to show his affection for this town.

Stallon’s son’s shraadh in Haridwar :
Sylver Stallon and his family performed shraadh for his son, Sage, in Sep- Oct 2015 in Haridwar who died in 2012 of a heart attack.

The Kate Winslet waterfall :
Kate Winslet had visited Rishikesh inMay 1998 and took a bath in the Garud Chatti locality, 7 km from Rishikesh. Local people refer that waterfall as Kate Winslet waterfall.

Prince Charles and Camilla:
Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker had visited Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh two years back in 2013 to participate in Ganga Aarti. This visit took place just after Keadrnath tragedy of 2013. In the visitor’s diary, Prince Charles wrote, “I wish I could have never left Rishikesh. Fell in love with the holy aura of this city."    

There are many other places know for spiritualism in Uttarakhand. Dream Mountain also receives queries from different parts of the world for these holy towns. Some day in future, you might find a soul searching celebrity on our blog.