And only with simple mining tools. This is an inspirational story of Dashrath Manjhi, known also as the “Mountain Man”.
While most people might have heard of it as a legend but this is a true story.
Manjhi’s wife slipped and seriously injured herself while crossing Gehlour hills to bring him his lunch. Because of the distance from their village to the nearest town with medical supplies, she eventually died.
Manjhi, deeply disturbed from this, decided during the very night of his wife’s death to carve a path through the Gehlour hills so that his village could have easier access to medical attention.
At first, he was ridiculed but that only made his resolve stronger. Eventually people realised what he was doing and started helping him, some providing food and tools.
It took him 22 years of hard work day and night to carve a path 360-feet-long (110 m), 25-feet-deep (7.6 m) in places and 30-feet-wide (9.1 m). The path formed a road through the rocks in Gehlour hill.
And now we present to you……. Dashrath Manjhi Road
Doesn’t look impressive enough? Check out the view on Google maps
Nothing notable here, let’s take a look at Google Earth:
Oh wow, something. How about the terrain?
Looks ok? Let’s zoom it out a little
At this juncture, you may think that life is hard, work is hard, dealing with a lot of things is hard. Just take a moment here to ponder what a human being can achieve with hard work and determination.
Here’s a Bollywood film made to tell Manjhi’s story
Happy Inspirational Tuesday people!