The man who brought down a mountain under his feet


He was not rich enough to build a Taj Mahal, but he loved his soul-mate, perhaps more than anybody had ever loved anyone else. Love gave him the strength to raise himself from human limitations and the strength to tear apart a mountain. Meet Dashrath Manjhi, the man who carved a 360-feet-long, 25-feet-deep and 30-feet-wide road through a mountain in the Gehlour hills (Bihar, India), working day and night for 22 years from 1960 to 1982. Why? Because this mountain stopped his wife from getting timely medical treatment and consequently she died.

 God has given each individual the strength to make a dent in the universe!

Watch this video by Robina M. Gupta and get inspired by the story of the mountain man.


Dashrath Manjhi was a poor labourer in Gehlour village, at the foothills of Gehlour hills in Gaya. It was quite an isolated village and to reach the nearest town, one had to travel 70 km around the Gehlour Mountain. On that fateful day in 1960, when Dashrath’s wife was bringing him lunch to the farm, she slipped and injured herself. Due to lack of adequate medical treatment, she soon died. Deeply hurt by his wife’s death, Dashrath decided to take revenge from the Gehlour Mountain.

Dashrath was ridiculed by his villagers when he started hammering the hills with chisel, hammer and shovel in his hand. People called him mad but this only steeled his heart. His sole dream was to ensure that this mountain should not be able to separate two lovers ever in future like it had done to them. Slowly, people started to respect his ambition and started helping him by giving him food, water and bought tools for him. And as the saying goes, if your will-power is strong enough, even the mountains have to make way for you. And so it did.

The Gehlour Mountain bowed down to 22 years of perseverance and now the distance between Manjhi’s village and town was reduced from 70 to 15 km. Now no villager loses his loved one due to lack of timely treatment, no children remain illiterate like Manjhi due to lack of good school nearby.

Surely, there are many such stories marked in the pages of history but the story of Dashrath Manjhi, the mountain man of India will definitely remain as an unforgettable love story for generations to come.

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1 Response

  1. Irena Grant-Koch says:

    Wonderful articles. All inspiring,