"It has often been noted in life that the tragic death of one's spouse can spur the surviving partner on to do great things in their memory that result in remarkable feats of endurance being displayed.
Dashrath Manjhi's wife died without receiving medical care because the distance from his village to the nearest hospital was seventy kilometers. To ensure that no other person like his wife died because of this great distance to travel, he carved a 360-foot-long (100 meters) through-cut that was 25-foot-deep (7.6 meters) in places and 30-foot-wide (9.1 meters) to form a road through the mountain in the Gehlour hills; reducing the travelling distance between village and hospital from seventy kilometers to just one kilometer.
He was born into a poor labouring family in a village in Bhar, India and by the time of his death in 2007, his national acclaim had given him the name of the 'Mountain Man'. Falguni Devi, the woman whose death spurred her loving husband on to toil night and day for the next twenty-two years to complete the task between 1960-82 must have felt like an angel above to see her soul mate work so lovingly and relentlessly below.What greater memorial could any man provide to illustrate his love for his wife? When he died on August 17th, 2007, the Government of Bihar gave him a state funeral. I feel sure that as soon as he arrived inside the Gates of Heaven that he would have been met by another surprise to discover that his wife had carved out a permanent place for Dashrath to sit beside her forevermore." William Forde: April 15th, 2013.