Gehlaur

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Gehlaur
village
Gehlaur is located in Bihar
Gehlaur
Gehlaur
Location in Bihar, India
Gehlaur is located in India
Gehlaur
Gehlaur
Gehlaur (India)
Coordinates: 24°52′50″N 85°14′25″E / 24.88056°N 85.24028°E / 24.88056; 85.24028Coordinates: 24°52′50″N 85°14′25″E / 24.88056°N 85.24028°E / 24.88056; 85.24028
Country India
StateBihar
DistrictGaya district
Languages
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
824231
ISO 3166 codeIN-BR
Nearest cityGaya

Gehlaur is a village located in Muhra Tehsil of Gaya district in Bihar State, India.[1][2]

Notability[edit]

Gehlaur was the village where the legendary ‘Mountain Man’ Dashrath Manjhi, who hand-chiselled a road through a rocky mountain to connect his inaccessible village to the nearest town, lived. He was a poor man who worked as a labourer in Gehlaur village. He carved a path through a huge mountain in the Gehlaur Hills using only a hammer and chisel as his tools because his village did not have easy access to a hospital.[3][4]

He started carving the path after his wife Falguni Devi died from lack of medical care in 1960. The nearest town which could offer a good doctor and required medical attention was 70 km away traveling around the hills. But after 22 years of work, patience and perseverance, Dashrath shortened the distance between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town from 55 km to 15 km, cutting a 360-ft-long and 25-ft-wide road through a hill to link Ghivra Mauja of Dashrath Nagar, in Gehlaur Ghati, to Atara Prakhand, Wazirganj.[5][6]

After he died, Dashrath Manjhi was given due respect and a state funeral by the Government of Bihar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INDIAN VILLAGE DIRECTORY". https://villageinfo.in/. VillageInfo.in. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate season opener disappointed this Bihar village". hindustantimes.com. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Dashrath Manjhi: Mountain man of India who carved the poor man's Taj Mahal". welcomeback.in. Welcome Back Film. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Dashrath Manjhi: Some lesser known facts on the Mountain Man who worked for 22 years and carved a path through a mountain". http://indiatoday.intoday.in. Living Media India Limited. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ "Tax rebate to Manjhi biopic raises eyebrows".
  6. ^ "Bihar activist demands Bharat Ratna for Mountain Man". http://zeenews.india.com. Zee Media Corporation Ltd (An Essel Group Company). Retrieved 19 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)