AHMEDABAD: In India, 236 poor orphan girls tied in a relation of marriage, arranged by an Indian rich business tycoon who presented each girl a gift worth of a thousand dollars to help them start a new life.
Mahesh Savani, the business tycoon, performed the Hindu marriage ritual ‘ Kanyadan’ (to give away one’s daughter in a marriage). The mega wedding event was arranged in the western state of Gujrat at Christmas. December 25.
Savani believes that giving away a daughter in a marriage is a blessing from God, and he has been holding small marriage events for poor since 2012 as a charity.
“With Sunday’s mass wedding, I have become (a) proud father to have performed ‘kanyadaan’ of over 700 girls,” he told.
Hundreds of brides in red ethnic attire and ornate jewellery performed their wedding rituals in front of thousands of guests in the city of Surat, a hub for the diamond polishing industry.
Each girl also received a dowry consist of a sofa, a bed, household items worth of $7,400 to start their life with ease.
Among the 236 bridegrooms, 2 of them were Savani’s own sons.
“This year my two sons also got married during the mass wedding event. So, in all there were 238 marriages,” said Savani.
He said that he always wanted to serve a cause and started charitable work in 2008 when on of his employee died just a day before his daughter’s marriage.
Savani said he began his charitable campaign in 2008 when one of his own employees died just days before his daughter’s wedding.
There is no estimated figure of the giant marriage ceremony cost.