Do you think ONE man is enough to cut a mountain ?
Is it possible for one person to bring down a 360 feet long, 25 feet high mountain and create a 16 feet wide pass in place of an almost an impassable gap ?
No ...... ?
Think again .
Dasrath Majhi , from Gaya district , state Bihar in India, did just that.
Dasrath eked out a living as a farm hand, toiling in the fields of local landlords on bare subsistence wages. One day, in the early '60s, his wife Phaguni Devi fell ill and Dasrath set off with her to the nearest hospital.
Phalguni Devi died on the way.
If only there was no hill blocking the road to the town, Dasrath would have made it to the hospital in time, and perhaps his wife's life would have been saved.
The villagers had to take a circuitous route and travel 19 km to Wazirganj, the nearest district town. This was because the massive 360 feet long, 25 feet high and 30 feet wide sheer rock came in the way of the shortest possible route between the village and the town.
The situation would have brought about a feeling of resignation or fatalism in the average man—as if God had himself put this giant obstacle in the path of his ailing wife.
He decided to alter geography with chisel and hammer.
To cut a road through the huge mass of rock.
The next morning, armed with a hammer and chisel, he started off on a task that was to become an obsession. The villagers called him a madman.
But that did not deter him.
After 22 years of back-breaking, single-handed toil, Dasrath finished in the mid-'80s. The mountain had yielded to man. Now, Wazirganj was just about six kilometres away. The people of Gelaur village could reach it in under an hour.
In Manjhi’s own words, “What I did is there for everyone to see. When God is with you, nothing can stop you,”
“I will keep working for the development of the villages here so long I am alive. I am neither afraid of any punishment from any government department for my work nor am I interested in any honour from the government “
Dasrath Majhi died on 17th August, 2007, at the age of 73.
But he will be remembered forever as the "Mountain Man".
A man who loved his wife . A man who thought about others.
A leader, who walked alone and moved the mountain.