Maharishi Funeral, Feb 11 2008
The funeral ceremonies for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi took place on Feb 11 2008. From the Timesonline website:
"Rose petals rained down from a helicopter on tens of thousands of mourners at the lavish funeral today of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the 91-year-old Indian guru who inspired the Beatles and introduced transcendental meditation to the West.
"The elderly mystic's embalmed body was laid on an enormous pyre of sandalwood on a hilltop in the grounds of his ashram, overlooking the "sangam" -- what is said to be the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers with the mythical river Saraswati.
"Preparations for the rites began early, as volunteers plastered sticky cow dung -- sacred to Hindus -- on the funeral platform, and decorated it with marigold flowers and hundreds of yellow and saffron flags.
"Maharishi's body, which had lain in state, was daubed with ghee, or clarified butter, and saffron vermilion. His relatives lit the pyre, as mourners from the global religious order he founded clashed cymbals, pounded drums and chanted Vedic hymns."
This GCP data exploration was made in mid July 2008, (the 18th) several months after the funeral. I did not have exact times, so took the 24 hour UTC day. A striking U-shaped pattern shows up early in the day, over a 4 or 5 hour period corresponding to the morning and early afternoon hours in India. The two graphs show the data in our usual analysis format. It is noteworthy that the general trend of the data is the same downward slope we have seen in several analyses of data corresponding to big TM meditations, especially those with large numbers of Siddhis gathered.