The owner of MDH Masala, Dharampal Gulati was a man who would never age, but he was in the Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, Delhi, for a few weeks. On 3 December, he passed away due to cardiac arrest early in the morning. Mahashay Dharampal Gulati who was famously known as the MDH uncle or dadaji across the nation was much more than just a businessman, and he has received numerous accolades during his lifetime.

It was Gulati's hard work and motivation to work and quality of his products offered at an affordable price that made him the ultimate king of spices. According to the Economic Times, Dharampal Gulati was the highest-paid entrepreneur at the age of 94 and took home more than Rs 21 crore. Currently, MDH Masala exports its products to more than 100 different countries. Spice King's son manages overall operations, and his six daughters handle distribution region wise. The journey of Dharampal Gulati is very inspiring and here are some facts about this legendary man.

Five Encouraging Facts About The Spice King Dharampal Gulati:

1. Lived his life as a Refugee..!

Dharampal Gulati was born in 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan. He was never interested in studies and dropped out of school in class 5. During the India-Pakistan petition period, Dharampal moved to India with just Rs 1500 in his hand and stayed at a refugee camp. He and his family settled in this refugee camp with no means of income.

2. Struggled from a very young age..!

Due to no income, Gulati was drawn towards various businesses from a very young age. Before the success of MDH spices, he tried his hands in various factories of soap, rice, fabric. He also tried sweating in wood-work and carriage driving.

3. Inspiration behind the MDH..!

Dharampal Gulati already had some knowledge about the spices, as he used to work at his father's spice shop. And even Dharampal started his business from a small shop in Ajmal Khan Road in Delhi's Karol Bagh in the year 1948. The name behind MDH was inspired by his father's spice shop in Sialkot which had the same name, “Mahashian Di Hatti” (MDH).


4. It took him a decade to create the empire of MDH..!

When he opened his small shop in 1948, he struggled a lot in the initial stages of the business. And it was nearly a decade later that his shop grew big and Dharampal Gulati expanded branches in Punjab and Delhi. Soon his business empire became huge as he took up the roles of distributor and an exporter. With time he made a 1000 crore empire and started exporting spices to various parts of the world like Uk and UAE.

5. The fit spice king ruled the hearts of the people..!

Despite his age, he would get up early in the morning and exercise daily. Dharampal Gulati always believed in giving back to society. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in the country, In 2019. He donated 90% of his salary to charity, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, he also donated masks and kits to corona warriors.


Dharampal Gulati is the iconic face of MDH Masala, right from the time we could remember watching television. He won hearts with his hard work, intelligence, fitness and social work. And he was also responsible for the decisions taken by the company till his last days. Numerous people were shocked to hear the news of the spice king Dharampal Gulati's demise. Several reactions poured in from many renowned celebrities and politicians on various social media platforms. The spice king truly deserves this much affection because in the end, the power of a person's life is always the legacy they leave behind, and Dharampal Gulati has left a lasting one.