The Story Of The Mountain Man: A Commoner Who Carved A Road On Rocks In Service Of His People

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December 19, 2018 12:29 By Mambee

Here is a story of the Mountain Man, a commoner from India who, through 22 years of hard work and resilience, carved a road on bare rock to make life easier for his people.

Dashrath Manjhi was only a little kid when he ran away from his village in search of better fortune to provide for his family.

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He worked for the Dhanbad Coal Mine for a few years before he decided to return.

Back in his village, he settled down, began working as a laborer, and started a family with his wife, Faguni Devi.

Life wasn't easy for him and his family. They lived amid rocky terrains in the remote Atri block of Gaya, Bihar, and a 300-foot mountain stood between them and a better life, which included good water, electricity, hospitals, schools, and menial jobs.

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He had to travel for miles over the mountain to go to work every day, and his wife helped out by going through the treacherous path to bring food to him.

On a fateful day, Dashrath noticed she was running late. At the sight of her, he was angry but  calmed down shortly later: She had tripped on her way and she fell through the rocky hills, thus sustaining grave injuries.

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She was bleeding badly and was in severe pain. This was in 1960, and Dashrath made a vow that he would put an end to this by carving a road through the mountains.

With just a crowbar, chisel and hammer, he started work. In the beginning, he was referred to as a crazy man, but that didn't deter him.

He would go to work and then come back to toil at the mountain before going home.

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Unfortunately, his wife became sick and the only place she could get treatment was on the other side of the mountain. Sadly, she passed away.

Nevertheless, he kept on going, feeding off the tragedy. He was bound by the belief that no one would ever have to experience his loss.

He dedicated his whole life to make a way through the mountain. He quit his job and had to live on small donations to survive, yet he persevered.

Twenty-two years later, Dashrath the 'Mountain Man' had carved a 360-feet long road, shortening a distance of 55km to 15, and had brought his people closer to a better life.

He didn't stop there,. He also championed their fight for better conditions, managing to gather the government's attention.

His fame grew, and he was seen as a national hero, but he wasn't bothered by that. All he wanted was a good life for his people.

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Sadly, after a life of duty, Dashrath passed away in 2006 due to cancer and malnutrition.

He was given a state funeral for his contribution to his society, and his story is still told in schools all over the world. One of his most famous quotes says:

"I started this work out of love for my wife but continued it for my people. If I did not, no one would.”

Dashrath is a true hero, and hopefully, his memory wilinspires people to serve others rather than themselves. There is no doubt that this is an inspiring tale of overcoming tragedy and, most importantly, a lesson in selflessness.

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