Dashrath Manjhi – The man who moved a mountain for his wife and village

Life is not that easy as there will always be challenges that must be faced and conquered every now and then. But who could ever imagine that a man can achieve an impossible feat with just patience and dedication? Whether you believe it or not, Dashrath Manjhi proved that even the highest mountains can be conquered if you are dedicated and patient enough. Dashrath Manjhi is the man who has set a great example not just to the Indian people but also to everyone who has heard of his truly inspiring story.

Born to a poor laborer family in India, Dashrath Manjhi was known as the man who moved a mountain. Manjhi’s wife, Falguni Devi, died not just because of her illness but also due to the long travel time needed to reach the nearest hospital. The closest town that has a doctor is 70 kilometers away from their village, and they don’t have the capability to travel each time his wife needs medication.

Experiencing firsthand the difficulties of seeing his loved one suffer and die just because there is no easy way to give her the medical attention that she needs, Manjhi promised to himself that no one will put up with the same difficulties that his wife had to. This is when he came up with the idea to carve a path on the mountain to serve as the road for the villagers.

The people of Manjhi’s village in Bihar, India had requested the government for so many times to make a road through the mountain so that travelling will be made easier and shorter for the villagers. This way, they will also have an easy access to the nearby schools, markets, hospitals and other places. Unfortunately, the government turned deaf ears to this issue.

With his wife’s fate in mind, Manjhi, armed with hammer, chisel, and rope, started carving the road on 1960. Instead of lamenting on the death of his wife, he took it in a more positive light, inspiring him to surpass the struggles that life has thrown his way. But as expected, Manjhi’s feat was not taken seriously even by his fellow villagers, with some even calling him a lunatic for doing such a herculean task all by himself.

Dashrath Manjhi
Image: Dashrath Manjhi at work

But as days went by, some of them have finally understood what he was trying to do, not just for himself but also for the rest of the people. One by one, the villagers started supporting him by giving him tools and food to help him with his goal.

Manjhi worked for days and nights to finish the road. The inspiration from his wife and the support from villagers pushed him to forward and continue building a road for the benefit of everybody. For almost 22 years, he continuously worked nonstop, and in 1982, the fruits of his labor finally came true, successfully carving a path which is 360 foot long, 25 foot deep, and 30 foot wide. And although his wife did not see what he did, he was very happy with the thought that what he did is bound to change other people’s lives.

After finishing the road that he worked on for years, Manjhi received the heart whelming gratitude by the people. Dashrath Manjhi died on August 17, 2007, and a state burial was given to him by the government to commemorate his heroic and exceptional feat. Life is not that easy as there will always be challenges that must be faced and conquered every now and then. But despite the hardships of life, who could ever imagine that a man can make an impossible thing possible with just patience and dedication? Whether you believe it or not, there is one person who proved that even the highest mountains can be conquered if you are dedicated and patient enough. Dashrath Manjhi is the man who has set a great example not just to the Indian people but also to everyone who has heard of his truly inspiring story.

Born to a poor laborer family in India, Dashrath Manjhi was known as the man who moved a mountain. Manjhi’s wife, Falguni Devi, died not just because of her illness but also due to the long travel time needed to reach the nearest hospital. The closest town that has a doctor is 70 kilometers away from their village, and they don’t have the capability to travel each time his wife needs medication.

Experiencing firsthand the difficulties of seeing his loved one suffer and die just because there is no easy way to give her the medical attention that she needs, Manjhi promised to himself that no one will put up with the same difficulties that his wife had to. This is when he came up with the idea to carve a path on the mountain to serve as the road for the villagers.

The people of Manjhi’s village in Bihar, India had requested the government for so many times to make a road through the mountain so that travelling will be made easier and shorter for the villagers. This way, they will also have an easy access to the nearby schools, markets, hospitals and other places. Unfortunately, the government turned deaf ears to this issue.

With his wife’s fate in mind, Manjhi, armed with hammer, chisel, and rope, started carving the road on 1960. Instead of lamenting on the death of his wife, he took it in a more positive light, inspiring him to surpass the struggles that life has thrown his way. But as expected, Manjhi’s feat was not taken seriously even by his fellow villagers, with some even calling him a lunatic for doing such a herculean task all by himself.

But as days went by, some of them have finally understood what he was trying to do, not just for himself but also for the rest of the people. One by one, the villagers started supporting him by giving him tools and food to help him with his goal.

Manjhi worked for days and nights to finish the road. The inspiration from his wife and the support from villagers pushed him to forward and continue building a road for the benefit of everybody. For almost 22 years, he continuously worked nonstop, and in 1982, the fruits of his labor finally came true, successfully carving a path which is 360 foot long, 25 foot deep, and 30 foot wide. And although his wife did not see what he did, he was very happy with the thought that what he did is bound to change other people’s lives.

Dashrath Manjhi Road
Image: Dashrath Manjhi Road

After finishing the road that he worked on for years, Manjhi received the heart whelming gratitude by the people. Dashrath Manjhi died on August 17, 2007, and a state burial was given to him by the government to commemorate his heroic and exceptional feat.

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