Dashrath Manjhi: The Man Who Moved a Mountain

Source: http://tinyurl.com/k4l9on3

In August 2007, Dashrath Manjhi died of gall-bladder cancer at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. From 1960 to 1982, Mr. Manjhi used a hammer, chisel, and nails to build a 360-feet-long, 30-feet-high, and 25-feet-wide passage through rocky Gehlour hills, thus becoming known as “Mountain Man” and “The Man Who Moved a Mountain.” The passage made it much easier for people in the area to travel. After he constructed the passage, the distance between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya district was just one kilometer instead of 75 kilometers. Mr. Manjhi said in 2007, “This hill had given us trouble and grief for centuries. The people had asked the government many times to make a proper road through the hill, but nobody paid any attention. So I just decided I would do it all by myself.” He made what was once a one-foot-wide passage into a passage big enough for motorcycles and bicycles. Children used to walk eight kilometers to get to school, but now they walk only three kilometers. According to an article at Oddity Central, people from over 60 villages use Mr. Manjhi’s passage every day.”

For Further Information: Alok Kumar, “Mountain man Dashrath Manjhi dies in Delhi.” Hindustan Times. 17 August 2007  


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For Further Information: Spooky, “Dashrath Manjhi – The Man Who Moved a Mountain.” Oddity Central. 24 September 2012


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