Known as the king of spices, Mahashay Dharmpal Ji was a humble man with an inspiring take on life. He built a huge empire from nothing, but maintained a level of grace even after achieving towering success.
MDH first shop in Sialkot, Pakistan
He was born on 27th March, 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan. He quit school when he was in 5th standard and started helping his father Mahashay Chunnilal with his business. He set up several businesses at a young age but none of them took off. Finally, he joined his father’s traditional business of spices called Mahashian Di Hatti.
In 1947, when the country was partitioned, he came to Delhi with just Rs. 1500 in his pocket. He used Rs. 650 to buy a tonga and drove it around the streets of Delhi to earn his living. Shortly after, when his condition improved, he purchased a shop in Karol Bagh and set up Mahashian Di Hatti again.
The business took off and within a few years, he set up another shop at Chandni Chowk. In 1959, the demand for his spices had risen so much that he started his own factory in Kirti Nagar. Today, the spices are exported to several countries around the world and there are more than 50 variants available.
It’s said that Mahashay Dharmpal Ji didn’t have any secret formula for his spices. He used traditional formulas but executed them with passion and sincerity. His philanthropic work with Mahashay Chuni Lal Charitable Trust (named after his father) has to be applauded too. Last year in 2020, at the age of 97, Mahashay Dharmpal Ji suffered from a cardiac arrest and passed away.