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The Mountain Man who worked for 22 years and carved a path through a mountain

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Dashrath Manjhi

Nothing is impossible when you believe in yourself, believe in your abilities and believe in your dreams…

Dashrath Manjhi, popularly known as the “Mountain Man” is 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 can challenge a mighty mountain.

Dashrath Manjhi, a poor labourer from Gehlaur village in Gaya district, Bihar. Child marriages were prevalent in Bihar in those days and Dashrath Manjhi was married at a very young age. He was from an underprivileged low caste family. Condition at home was so bad that he ran away to escape hunger and poverty. He worked in Dhanbad coal mines, Jharkhand for several years.

As the story goes, few years later when he returned to his native he fell madly in love with a beautiful village girl Falguni Devi. Strange but true, Falguni devi turned out to be his child bride whom he had left behind several years ago. Falguni’s father however opposed to their reunion as Dashrath Manjhi was a jobless youth. But then who could stop the loving hearts? They eloped and their love blossomed as they led a very happy married life. Gehlaur village where Dashrath Manjhi stayed with his family was bordered with the Gehlour hills. This hillock stood between the village and a town with all essential amenities and services and the fields where the villagers worked. Dashrath Manjhi and his family like other villagers had to walk several miles around the hills every day to reach their fields, school, hospital etc. Dashrath Manjhi worked as an agricultural labourer, life was a struggle but he was happy and content with his wife and son.

It is said that, sometimes when everything goes well, life is destined to takes a turn, a turn towards worse. Life had something else stored for this lovely couple that changed their life story completely. One day while crossing the hill to share lunch with her husband, Falguni slipped and was seriously injured. It was an emergency as she was in an advanced stage of pregnancy. Dashrath Manjhi found her in a blood-splattered state and rushed her to the hospital. Hospital was on the other side of the hill, 70 km away. To reach the hospital he had to take the torturous long route around the hill and by the time he reached the hospital, doctors were not able to save her and Falguni Devi had breath her last. Dashrath Manjhi was overcome with grief as he found it very difficult to believe that his wife had passed away because he reached the hospital late. Thoroughly dejected and grief-stricken, Manjhi started cursing the hill that had robbed him his beloved.

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