Dashrath Manjhi’s spouse made him – Mountain Man of India


Dashrath Manjhi was born to a poor family in Gehlaur village which belongs to Bihar state, India. He engraved a path across mountain, which is 110m long, 7.6m deep and 9.1m wide, by which he stands in one of the Names of famous people around the world.

After 22 years of continuous effort, he made the path between Atri and Wazirganj blocks (Gaya town), which has shortened from 55 km to 15 km distance.

Dashrath ran away from his home during childhood and worked in coal mines. After years passed, he returned back to his village and married Phalguni Devi.

His spouse Phalguni Devi was seriously injured and led to death, while crossing Gehlaur hills to bring him lunch.

Manjhi was unable to digest Phalguni’s departure from his life and so decided to carve a path across Gehlaur hills to facilitate quicker medical attention.

There were so many people who discouraged Manjhi for his work, on other side some villagers provided food and helped him to buy tools.

Finally, it took 22 years to complete his work (where he used only a hammer and chisel).

Manjhi died on 17th August 2007 at the age of 73.

He was awarded “Padma Shree” in 2006 (social service sector) by Bihar government.

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