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The Inspirational Story of Dashrath Manjhi

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Welcome to Youth Motivator, I would like to tell you the motivational biography of Dashrath Manjhi, the person who broke a mountain for a great cause.


Dashrath Manjhi was born in a poor family in Gehlaur village, Bihar State of India in the year 1934. He was born in a far flung village, which even had no access to even basic facilities like drinking water and hospital services.

In case of any medical emergency, villagers had only two choices- to trek the big mountain, which inured many or to travel around the mountain which approximated to about 70 kilometers.

On the fateful day, he was laboring on the other side of the mountain. His pregnant wife, Falguni Devi started to trek the mountain to feed her husband lunch; unfortunately, she slipped on the mountain and fell down.

She developed severe abdominal cramping and knowing her situation, her husband came running. He decided to take her to the hospital, as in his village no hospital is present; Dashrath began to climb the mountain in order to take her to the hospital which was located on the other side of the mountain.

Due the long distance because of the big mountain, he was unable to take his wife to the hospital on time, which resulted in her death.

Initially, he became very depressed, and after a few days, he realised that the main perpetrator is the mountain standing between his village and the basic facilities on the other side, like hospital on the other side of the mountain.

So, Dashrath finally resolved to split the mountain with his hammer and chisel. As he had no money to purchase hammer and chisel, he sold his cattle by which he purchased them.

Immediately, he started on his mission to break the mountain, initially his relatives and friends started to demotivate him by saying that you are a single soul, you cannot achieve this big and monotonous task, later the villagers also thought that he went mad.

But he focused only on his goal not on their humiliations; he was so centered on his goal that he did not care rains, scorching sun, cold and other natural calamities.

He was laboring in morning to feed his children and in the remaining time, he used to hammer the mountain for making a way. He even shifted his hut near the mountain, so that he can save time travelling to the mountain.

He used to burn dry firewood on the rocks and later cool the rocks with water, which made his task easier, as the rocks somewhat turned brittle, so he can somewhat easily break them.

Slowly the mountain began to become a path, thanks to his efforts. Initially, the villagers who used to make fun of him now started to help him in his efforts.

He vowed that until he finishes his task, he would not shave and cut his hair.

He started his mission when he was 26 years old; he finally accomplished his task when he turned 48 years. He sacrificed his 22 years of his life for the commonweal of the society, so that no one in his village should suffer like him by losing their near and dear ones.

He finally moved the mountain which was around 300 feet in length, 25 foot in height and 30 feet in breadth with his hard work and determination. This earned him the name- Mountain Man.

Previously, it took one complete day to reach the town on the other side of the mountain but now due to his efforts the travelling time reduced to half-an- hour. This path is now used by nearly 50 adjacent villages. Dashrath also planted numerous trees in his village.

His efforts were well recognized by Bihar government, which constructed a cement road and named it as Dashrath Manjhi road. Also the government constructed schools and hospitals in his village and christened them his name.

He was gifted a land by government, but he donated his land to government to build a hospital.

Also the Bihar government initiated a recognition program, in which social workers were awarded with Dashrath Manjhi awards, for their contributions to the society.

 His success story was even made as a Bollywood film by name Manjhi- The Mountain Man, which was starred  by  Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte  , which collected more than 12,91,950 dollars.

His name was referred for Padma Shri (highest civilian award in India) in the year 2006 by the Bihar government, but unfortunately due to some reasons he was not able to receive Padma Shri.

And Dashrath was made the Chief Minister of Bihar for five minutes, by Nitish Kumar. He was also featured in Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate TV show.

Sadly, Dashrath passed on 17 August 2007 due to gall bladder cancer in AIIMS hospital, New Delhi.

Dashrath Manjhi motivates everyone that any impossible task can be made possible with dedication and hard work.

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