Home-coming of a Car traversing through the ancient ruins of the Hindi Heartland

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We were about 70 kms or 2 hours away from Bodh Gaya, our destination for the night. There was still half a day at our disposal. My brother pitched in with the idea of covering Barabar caves, being the oldest man-made caves built during Mauryan period. It would have been a waste of a precious day had we not covered Barabar caves before reaching Bodh Gaya. Covering Barabar caves would have extended our journey by another 25 kms. With enough day light available we decided to visit Barabar caves before we reach out pre-booked hotel at Bodh Gaya. However, this route was not the normal Rajgir-Bodh Gaya route. The new route was completely off-beat and villages far and few in between. The route passed through one of the most remote and poorest region of Bihar. On the other hand, the route was quite scenic and the entire road went through beautiful hilly terrain. We took Banganga-Jethian road instead of Mokama-Gaya road. It was a two lane road for most of the part with well laid black top.

The beautiful Banganga-Jethian road
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At Jethian, we carried on to the Atari-Jethian-Tapovan-Banganga road. As we move a little further on this road, my brother remembered something. He shouted Gehlaur. It made no sense to me though. I asked him what is Gehlaur? Then he said – Dasrath Manjhi. And it all came to me. Gehlaur – village of Dasrath Manjhi and the hill road he carved out single handedly was also nearby. It was an opportunity not to be missed. We checked Gmap and the detour was right in front of us. It was merely a detour of 3-4 kms. In another 10 minutes we were at the Dasrath Manjhi Road. We evidenced the pure hard work of this remarkable man who just with chisel and a hammer, for twenty years or so, hammered out at a road out of a mountain for the ease and safety of his villagers. Truly remarkable feat. We drove on the road, to and fro, just in token of appreciation for his great effort. Government is building a memorial of Dasrath manjhi, also a Dasrath manjhi gate has also been built in his honour.

Dasrath Manjhi Dwar
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The Dasrath Manjhi road
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Dasrath Manjhi memorial
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The great man
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Dashrath Manjhi (1934 - August 17, 2007 was born into a poor labourer family in Gahlour village near Gaya in Bihar, India.[1] He is also known as Mountain Man.Dashrath Manjhi's wife, Falguni Devi, died due to lack of medical treatment because the nearest town with a doctor was 70 kilometres (43 mi) away from their village in Bihar, India. Dashrath did not want anyone else to suffer the same fate as his wife, so he carved a 360-foot-long (110 m) through-cut, 25-foot-deep (7.6 m) in places and 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) to form a road through a mountain in the Gehlour hills, working day and night for 22 years from 1960 to 1982. His feat reduced the distance between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of the Gaya district from 75 km to 1 km. He died on August 17, 2007.He was given a state funeral by the Government of Bihar. Manjhi had single-handedly carved out a 360-foot and 30-foot wide passage by cutting through a hill near Gahlaur. The hill stood between the Attari and Wazirgunj blocks in Gaya. Thanks to Manjhi, the blocks have been brought closer than ever before. "It is a sad story. A state that spends millions of rupees for decoration of ministers' houses failed to fulfil his dream of building a metalled road through the mountain," said Arun Singh, a journalist who first discovered Manjhi in the 1990s. "Manjhi died a frustrated man. His work was neither recognised nor awarded. But people will remember him and his story will inspire many," Arun Singh, who knew Manjhi for over a decade, told. Manjhi started off his extraordinary task in 1967 when his wife was injured and he had to go around the mountains to reach the nearest hospital. He finished his epic project in 1988 and met the brass of the state administration with a request to construct a metalled road through the mountain. Two months ago, the Nitish Kumar government cleared the decks for building a three-kilometre-long metalled road from Gahlaur to Amethi. But the project has remained only on paper. Early this year, the foundation stone laying programme by Manjhi, as announced by Nitish Kumar, for construction of the road was postponed at the last minute. Sources in the Gaya district administration said the forest department had cleared the proposal a few weeks ago. But the work is yet to start. The Bihar government proposed Manjhi's name last year for Padma Shree award in the social service sector
 

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दशरथ मांझी, एक ऐसा नाम जो इंसानी जज्‍़बे और जुनून की मिसाल है. वो दीवानगी, जो प्रेम की खातिर ज़िद में बदली और तब तक चैन से नहीं बैठी, जब तक कि पहाड़ का सीना चीर दिया. जानें मांझी के बारे में:



Dashrath Manjhi

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नई दिल्ली, 17 अगस्त 2016, अपडेटेड 12:35 IST




दशरथ मांझी, एक ऐसा नाम जो इंसानी जज्‍़बे और जुनून की मिसाल है. वो दीवानगी, जो प्रेम की खातिर ज़िद में बदली और तब तक चैन से नहीं बैठी, जब तक कि पहाड़ का सीना चीर दिया.
जिसने रास्ता रोका, उसे ही काट दिया:
बिहार में गया के करीब गहलौर गांव में दशरथ मांझी के माउंटन मैन बनने का सफर उनकी पत्नी का ज़िक्र किए बिना अधूरा है. गहलौर और अस्पताल के बीच खड़े जिद्दी पहाड़ की वजह से साल 1959 में उनकी बीवी फाल्गुनी देवी को वक्‍़त पर इलाज नहीं मिल सका और वो चल बसीं. यहीं से शुरू हुआ दशरथ मांझी का इंतकाम.

22 साल की मेहनत:
पत्नी के चले जाने के गम से टूटे दशरथ मांझी ने अपनी सारी ताकत बटोरी और पहाड़ के सीने पर वार करने का फैसला किया. लेकिन यह आसान नहीं था. शुरुआत में उन्हें पागल तक कहा गया. दशरथ मांझी ने बताया था, 'गांववालों ने शुरू में कहा कि मैं पागल हो गया हूं, लेकिन उनके तानों ने मेरा हौसला और बढ़ा दिया'.

अकेला शख़्स पहाड़ भी फोड़ सकता है!
साल 1960 से 1982 के बीच दिन-रात दशरथ मांझी के दिलो-दिमाग में एक ही चीज़ ने कब्ज़ा कर रखा था. पहाड़ से अपनी पत्नी की मौत का बदला लेना. और 22 साल जारी रहे जुनून ने अपना नतीजा दिखाया और पहाड़ ने मांझी से हार मानकर 360 फुट लंबा, 25 फुट गहरा और 30 फुट चौड़ा रास्ता दे दिया


दुनिया से चले गए लेकिन यादों से नहीं!
दशरथ मांझी के गहलौर पहाड़ का सीना चीरने से गया के अतरी और वज़ीरगंज ब्लॉक का फासला 80 किलोमीटर से घटकर 13 किलोमीटर रह गया. केतन मेहता ने उन्हें गरीबों का शाहजहां करार दिया. साल 2007 में जब 73 बरस की उम्र में वो जब दुनिया छोड़ गए, तो पीछे रह गई पहाड़ पर लिखी उनकी वो कहानी, जो आने वाली कई पीढ़ियों को सबक सिखाती रहेगी.


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