Bengaluru: It’s the end of an era as Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, the owner of the spices brand ‘MDH’ passed away earlier today. 

Reports add that he was undergoing treatment at Delhi hospital for the past three weeks. He suffered cardiac arrest on Thursday morning at 5:30 AM.

He was born on 27 March, 1923 in undivided India in Sialkot, now in Pakistan. He was a school dropout. He joined his father’s spices business at a young age, a website notes. 

The website adds that, after 1947 India-Pakistan partition, he moved to India where he stayed at refugee camp in Amritsar. After that he moved to Delhi’s Karol Bagh where he opened a store. He launched MDH Masala as a brand in 1959. MDH stands for ‘Mahashayji Di Hatti’.

In 2019, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, third highest civilian award in India.