The Man who Moved a Mountain: A True Story

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Almost five decade ago, a landless farmer Dashrath Manjhi from Gahlor Ghati, of Gaya (a district of Bihar) resolved to end the difficulties of his villagers by shouldering a near impossible task of slitting a 300-feet-high hill apart to create a one-km passage.

His village would nestle in the lap of rocky hills for which villagers would often face gigantic troubles for crossing small distance between Atri and Wazirganj, the outskirts of Gaya town. He started hammering the hill in early 1959 in the memory of his wife, who could not be taken to the nearest health care center on time for the immediate treatment as the nearest road that connected them to the city was 50km long.

He knew his voice will not create any reaction in the deaf ear of the government; therefore, Dashrath chose to accomplish this Herculean task alone. He sold his goats to purchase chisel, rope and a hammer. People would call him mad and eccentric spirited with no idea of his plans. Unfazed by his critics’ discouraging remarks, Dashrath hammered consistently for 22 long years to shorten the distance from 50km to 10km between Atri and Wazirganj. The day came when he stepped through a flat passage — about one-km long and 16-feet wide — to his dream, ‘the other side of the hill’.

After this impossible accomplishment, Dashrath Manjhi became popular as the ‘mountain man’. On August 18, 2007, he breathed his last after fighting cancer at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He got state burial on the following Saturday evening.

Some invaluable lessons to learn from this Legend

1. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
2. Patience is the greatest virtue that leads us to success.
3. Dream the impossible!
4. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
5. Stay positive!
6. Don’t lose heart if people call you mad and crazy for you unique thoughts.

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  • Profile picture of the author Amandasimmons
    What a story! This landless farmer deserves a place in school textbooks. 22-long-years and he slit the hill apart..all alone. Respect!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Scrape
    Holy S@#T! This story change my point of view of world. Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Shubh Ashish
    Super Motivating.Thanks for sharing Mousumi.
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  • If only he'd discovered the power of dynamite...

    Haha, just kidding! That's some pretty strong motivation right there! What a guy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    what a great story.. good thing he doesn't live in America.. he would be put in jail by the epa ..
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    • Profile picture of the author mikehuff
      I think the best part is that he did it for the greater good...his wife was already dead, but he devoted over TWENTY YEARS to be able to give people in similar circumstances a fighting chance. That's awesome.

      I'm just like him :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    Pretty Cool "1. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it." it does.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raineer
    RESPECT. That guy really is something to have done that. I like #1 as well, definitely is true and I hope to achieve my own obstacle put forth
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I believe that this man was proving something more important than the importance of doing what you believe that must be done, no matter how long it will take.

    He was showing to the world that nothing begins or ends in our short journey on Earth. He didn't mind wasting 22 years of his life in this project because he knew that this work was empowering his spirit.

    He did it for the new generations, for God, for all Indians, and for his spiritual growth. His success was not a selfish accomplishment.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mousumi
    Thank you for reading and liking his story. He died of cancer and perhaps it was because of consistent exposure to dirt and stone particles.
    My husband comes from the place nearby..By the way, if you know about Buddhism, this man comes from the place where Buddha walked 2500 years ago and prepared himself for enlightenment.
    Stay Motivated :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author videocat
    Thank you so much for posting this wonderful story! Touched me on many levels! Thank you!

    Namaste.
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Great story. I also re-learned that all governments are full of scum bags that like to jump on pre-existing band wagons!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mousumi
      You are right Andrei,

      Years have passed by and the state government hasn't even built a hospital at his village. It was something that topped his wish list.

      Who cares for the poor and destitute

      Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

      Great story. I also re-learned that all governments are full of scum bags that like to jump on pre-existing band wagons!
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  • Profile picture of the author davidfrankk
    Looks like he really did move the mountain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Pride
    The patience required to do the job. With such poor tools. Amazing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amandasimmons
      Yes, 22-long-years are hell lot of time...he kept on going all alone..what a man

      Originally Posted by Peter Pride View Post

      The patience required to do the job. With such
      poor tools. Amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Franko Ferencic
    This story is so unbelievable! It makes me think about life, my life and what is my mission on this world? Life is so unique and so short. Every second counts and every second is precious! Many people live their lives like there are many to live but our life is one and only and there wouldn't be another chance! So people while we are still here why wouldn't we live every second of our lives as best as we can. Make our dreams come true, help other people and get to know this world. It is so beautiful and interesting!
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  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    I was moved by this story, aside of chipping away the mountain inch by inch with a hammer and chisel, he had to face the challange of other people calling him crazy and mad. Definitely a motivating story!
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  • Profile picture of the author aliveder
    That was amazing. It shows the human spirit, how strong it can be.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amandasimmons
      He did move a mountain but was forgotten by Indian people. This country doesn't respect grass-root achievers.

      Originally Posted by aliveder View Post

      That was amazing. It shows the human spirit, how strong it can be.
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      • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
        Originally Posted by Amandasimmons View Post

        He did move a mountain but was forgotten by Indian people. This country doesn't respect grass-root achievers.
        That is really too bad because he should definitely be remembered. I am pretty sure his town/village will remember him, atleast they better if they are driving through the path that HE created everyday to the next town.
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        • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
          interesting story.....

          never heard of him before but he did a great work.....
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        • Profile picture of the author Mousumi
          Amanda is right...a country of over a billion doesn't have time to remember such great souls...Does India really stand close to its glorious past?
          Yes, the villagers will continue to sing his glory but the government will do nothing beyond lip service...Irony of Indian democracy.


          Originally Posted by mrelk159 View Post

          That is really too bad because he should definitely be remembered. I am pretty sure his town/village will remember him, atleast they better if they are driving through the path that HE created everyday to the next town.
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  • Profile picture of the author eternalsongbird
    O my God! Unbelievable. He is the best inspiration for us I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmrumii
    Necessity makes human being even Super Hero. Hats off to this guy. He has really proved himself.
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