The ‘Yamraj’ who saves lives: Meet Diwani Ram from Uttrakhand

“Halka ho yaa bhaari, nar ho yaa naari, ya ho kunwari, bees Rupya sawari!”

This is what one would hear on the banks of Jauligarh river in Dharchula in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. This head-turner slogan is constant all through monsoon season on the river bank where Diwani Ram ‘Yamraj’ (50) waits for his potential clients.

His household has been assisting humans pass raging rivers, natural canals in monsoon season with the aid of carrying them on their backs for four generations now.

“My father advised me once to do something significant with my life. He taught me how to go to the rivers and canals whilst carrying a person on my shoulders. Later, he grew to become my first passenger too,” says Ram.

His mom left the world when he was once just 10-months old, remembers the father of 5 young people now.

“Later, elders of the village told me how my father used to take me to lactating girls to get me breastfed. I owe the entirety to my mother and father and people of my village. So I determined to assist them. They are beneficiant adequate to pay me,” stated the song lover, who has written and sung a tune based totally on his village named Khurtoli.

Among the human beings he helped to go the river are Harish Dhami, incumbent MLA of Dharchula, faculty instructors and students.

After the monsoon season, Ram and his household are busy with agricultural activities. Asked about such a nickname, he narrates years ancient incident when he was once conferred the title Yamraj, the god of loss of life for saving lives.

“I was once known as Yamraj due to the fact I saved a girl who used to be caught up in the centre of the river. People stated that I snatched her life from the grips of Yamraj himself. Since then I bought this nickname,” says Ram.

Ram’s household is living in a government college as their homes have been engulfed with the aid of landslides last month. The under-construction bridge over the river is but to be prepared for use. “Once the bridge is whole people will be safe. However, I will lose my incomes but that is alright,” stated Ram including that it will be like a dream come true.

Some days, he earns up to Rs 7,000 from people who want to be ferried through the water as boats can’t be plied due to uneven riverbed

He additionally offers away the cash he earns to these who are in need. “People from the cities of Dharchula and Munsiyari have no different way however to go through the river to go to their workplaces. Many of them do no longer have the cash to pay me or for capacity to travel. I assist them as God has now given me enough,” stated Ram.

It is classic how a man with such limited resources stays more happy and satisfied than people living in bungalows.