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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. Manjhi’s firm determination to carve the huge mountain gives out a strong message that every hurdle can be crossed, if one has kept a firm eye on his goal. His 22 years of hard work became a success, as the road constructed by him is, now used by villagers.
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Dashrath Manjhi, also known as “Mountain Man”, was a poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, India, who carved a path through a 360 ft long, 30 ft wide and 25 ft high hillock using only a hammer and chisel. After 22 years of work, Dashrath shortened travel between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town from 55km to 15km
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few years back when his wife, Phaguni Devi, was crossing the path to bring him his lunch, she slipped and seriously injured herself that eventually led to her death. Manjhi was deeply disturbed and that very night he decided to carve a path through the Gehlour hills so that his village could have easier access to medical attention.
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He completed the work in 22 years (1960–1982). This road reduced the distance between the Atri and Wazirganj sectors of the Gaya district from 80 km to 10 km. Though mocked for his efforts, he has made life easier for people of Gehlour village. Although he had cut a protected mountain, which is an offence under Indian wildlife protection act, his exemplary determination remains an inspiration.Dashrath Manjhi ran away from home at a very young age, mainly working at Dhanbad’s coal mines. He returned to his village and after his wife’s death he carved a path a road through the rocks in Gehlour hill
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Manjhi died on 17 Aug 2007 at the age of 73, while suffering from gall bladder cancer in All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS), New Delhi.He was given a state funeral by the Government of Bihar.