‘King of spices’ and patron of Vedic culture, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati passes away

Well renowned businessman and philanthropist Dharampal Gulati, commonly known as Mahashay Dharampal, passed away on Thursday morning. Gulati was the founder and owner of ‘Mahashiyan Di Hatti (MDH)’, a company that which enjoys monopoly over spices trade in India. He was 97 years old.

President Ram Nath Kovind on said he was saddened to know the demise of MDH owner Mahashay Dharampal Gulati.

“Saddened by the demise of ‘Mahashiyan Di Hatti’ (MDH) President Shri Dharampal Gulati ji, who was honoured with Padma Bhushan. He was a well-known personality of the Indian industry. His social service activities are also commendable. My condolences to his family and fans,” President Kovind tweeted in Hindi.

Dharampal Gulati’s story is that of rags to riches. Belonging to a family from Sialkot in undivided India, he arrived in Delhi after partition. In Sialkot, Gulati’s family had a flourishing business of spices but after the tragedy of partition, he was left with tatters. But instead of giving up in life, the hardworking Gulati decided to restart his family’s ancestral trade once again.

Starting from a small stall, he not did only regain the lost glory of his family but took it to new heights. Mahashiyan Di Hatti, the name of the ancestral shop of Gulati’s family in Sialkot became the name for his company. With his untiring hardwork, Gulati made MDH into a household name and one of the biggest brands in the country.

Gulati was also a man of religious nature. Coming from a pious Arya Samaji family, Gulati always remained at fore-front in matters of religion and social work. He was known for generously donating in building and maintaining Vedic gurukulas and spreading Hindu culture.

He was also known as a supporter of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi movement. In the year 2019, Gulati was awarded with country’s third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan.