Symbol Of Love: Couples Throng Mountain Man’s Memorial
PATNA, (IANS) – The ‘Samadhi sthal’ or the memorial of ‘Mountain Man’ Dashrath Manjhi is emerging as the ‘Taj Mahal of Bihar’ as large numbers of foreign and domestic couples come here to take inspiration from Dashrath Manjhi’s love for his wife.
Dashrath Manjhi, a native of Gehlaur village in Gaya district, had carved a path 360 ft long, 30 ft wide, and 25 ft deep on a ridge of hills using only a hammer and chisel. After 22 years of work, Dashrath Manjhi shortened travel between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town from 55 km to 15 km.
In 2015, Director Ketan Mehta made a movie based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi. Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the lead role in the movie.
Domestic and foreign tourists who visit Gaya and Bodh Gaya also visit Gehlaur village. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Gaya district. The place is considered a symbol of love and young couples throng the memorial in Gehlaur.
Dashrath Manjhi, who died in 2007, was a daily wage laborer from Gehlaur. When his wife Falguni Devi died in 1959 due to injury caused by falling from a mountain and due to the same mountain blocking easy access to a nearby hospital in time, he decided to carve the path through a ridge of hills using only a hammer and a chisel.
Following his demise, the Bihar government named the road between Gehlaur and Wazirganj as ‘Dashrath Manjhi Path’.