Dasharatha Manjhi, a name that is an example of human spirit and passion. That madness, which turned into stubbornness for the sake of love and did not sit peacefully until the chest of the mountain was ripped off.The inspiring & untold story of an unsung hero .The ultimate tale of man vs. nature, the story of Dashrath Manjhi who single-handedly carved a road through an entire mountain that had been isolating his village from essential services. Dashrath Manjhi was born into a Musahar family, at the lowest rung of India’s caste system.He ran away from his home at a young age and worked in the coal mines at Dhanbad. Later he returned to the village of Gehlaur and married Falguni Devi. “One day, Falguni, who was heavily pregnant, was taking lunch for her husband to the fields, for which she needed to climb the mountain in the scorching heat. Unfortunately, Falguni’s foot got slipped and she fell down from the mountain, while hungry Dashrath was waiting for the food. Then someone from the village alerted Dashrath that his wife has fallen down from the mountain. Dashrath runs into panic and took her blood-splattered wife to the nearest hospital that was 70 kms away, where she was declared brought dead, but she gave birth to a baby girl.”
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He come to realize that due to the stubborn mountain standing between Gehlaur and the hospital, his wife Phalguni Devi could not get treatment at the time and she passed away.Dashrath Manjhi’s efforts started from here only. But it was not easy. People laughed and made fun of him Initially, he was called crazy ,but he just continued with his work for 22 years. This was Dashrath Manjhi, famously known as the Mountain Man. Dashrath Manjhi had told, ‘The villagers initially said that I have gone mad, but their taunts gave me more encouragement’. Years passed on, during which Gahlour was hit by a massive drought and villagers evacuated the village. Dashrath’s father taunted him that what he had achieved in last so many years? He tried to convince Dashrath to accompany them to a city, where he could earn bread for his two children. But, Dashrath decided to continue on his herculean task. With no water and no food, Dashrath was forced to drink dirty water and eat leaves.
A lonely person can also break mountains!
Between 1960 and 1982, the same thing was captured in the hearts and minds of Dashrath Manjhi day and night. Avenging his wife’s death from the mountain. And 22 years of continued passion showed its result and the mountain gave up 360 feet long, 25 feet deep and 30 feet wide path, giving up on Manjhi.. Ridiculed by his fellow villagers and ignored by the government, Manjhi worked dauntlessly on the road day after day, slowly but surely eroding a passage into the earth. In time the locals came to respect his work as they saw its promise and many of them began providing food and tools for the newly dubbed, “Mountain Man.”He gave 22 years of his life to his village and made a difference in the lives of the people of this small village in the state of Bihar.Using only a hammer and chisel, Dashrath Manjhi, a landless farmer, carved a path through a mountain in the Gehlour Hills, Bihar just so that his village could have easier access to medical facilities.
Manjhi was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi on 23 July 2007. He died at AIIMS on 17 August 2007. Dashrath Manjhi was a legend who proved that nothing is impossible to achieve. His life gives a moral lesson that a small man, who has no money and no power ,he can also challenge a mighty mountain
- The road that was the fruit of his labor still bears his name in an amazing testament to the power of the individual.
- He was given a state funeral by the Government of Bihar.
- His name was also proposed by the Bihar government for the Padma Shri award in 2006.
- A stamp featuring Dashrath Manjhi was released by India Post in the “Personalities of Bihar” series on 26 December 2016.
Dasrath himself remained a humble, self-effacing man, doing nothing to attract publicity for his titanic feat of endurance. It didn’t even bother him that the Limca Book of World Records misrepresented his achievement by giving wrong statistics that significantly reduced the size of the rocky hill he cut through, chip by chip. Dashrath Manjhi has become a legend of sorts, and serves as an inspiration not just for the local community, but for all those who have heard of his story. His one act inspires all Dasrath Manjhi is remembered by everyone in his village as ‘Dasrath Baba’.