Day 26

Day 26

Moving a Mountain for love

Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife and Dashrath Manjhi moved a mountain in memory of his love.

Born in the small village of Gehlaur, at a young age, Manjhi ran away from home and went to work at a coal mine. He eventually returned home and married. His young wife fell from a mountain and, with the nearest doctor 90km away, she did not survive. Some say she was on her way to bring him lunch when she had her tragic fall.

Grief stricken and determined to shorten the distance to the nearest town, Manjhi began to chip away at the mountain he lost his love to. With nothing but a hammer and chisel, it took 22 years to carve through the mountain, shortening the distance to the next town from 55 km to 15 km.

Such is the power of love.\_Manjhi

Photo courtesy of Sumita Roy Dutta

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