A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Mountain Man’ Dasharath Manjhi, manually carved a mountain in order to connect Gehlaur and Gaya [a part of the series ‘Personality Series: Bihar‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 26, 2016
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on Personality Series: Bihar.
Stamp / FDC / Brochure / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta & Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 2.0 Lakh
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Dashrath Manjhi
Born on 1929 at Gehlaur, Gaya district, Bihar, British India
Died on Aug 17, 2007 at New Delhi, India
- Dashrath Manjhi (1934 – 17 August 2007), also known as “Mountain Man”, was a poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, India, who carved a path through a 360 ft long, 30 ft wide and 25 ft high hillock using only a hammer and chisel. After 22 years of work, Dashrath shortened travel between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town from 55km to 15km.
- Dashrath Manjhi was inspired to take up this enormous task when one day while crossing Gehlour hills to bring him lunch, his wife slipped and fell seriously injuring herself. Due to non-availability of urgent medical attention, she eventually died. Manjhi was deeply disturbed by this and that very night he decided to carve a path through the Gehlour hills so that his village could have easier access to medical facilities. He worked tirelessly and completed the work of carving a path through a hillock in 23 years. His monumental efforts resulted in making life easier for the people of his village. Dashrath Manjhi died at the age of 73.
- Text : Based on the material available on internet.