Gaya District (Bihar), Feb.26 ANI | 2 years ago

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan visited the village of Dasrath Manjhi, also known as the "Mountain Man", who single-handedly carved out a 360-foot-long path through the Gehlore Mountain in Bihar's Gaya District over a period of more than two decades.

Khan visited the Gahlaur Village to meet and interview family members of Manjhi for the second season of his television reality show 'Satyamev Jayate' (Truth Alone Prevails).

"My purpose of coming to Gaya city is that I have got huge inspiration from the story of Dasrath Manjhi, and in our last season of the reality television show, 'Satyamev Jayate', we ended our episode by showing some flashback of Dasrath Manjhi's life. When a person is passionate about his aim, then that thing becomes possible and easy to execute, and his life is a huge inspiration for me," said Khan.

Manjhi died of cancer at the age of 80 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on August 17, 2007.

According to villagers, Manji decided to carve the road through the mountain in 1967 when his wife was injured while climbing the mountain.

Manji finished his project in 1988, and before his death, had been trying to persuade the state administration to construct a cemented road in same place that he had carved.

The state government has since constructed the cemented road, though Manjhi is not there to see it.

(Posted on 27-02-2014)

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