In­dian ty­coon throws mass wed­ding for fa­ther­less brides

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

An In­dian di­a­mond trader has thrown a mass wed­ding for more than 200 fa­ther­less brides and given each of them gifts worth thou­sands of dol­lars, to help poor women start a new life. Ma­hesh Sa­vani per­formed the Hindu wed­ding rit­ual of 'Kanyadaan'-the prac­tice of giv­ing away one's daugh­ter in mar­riage-for 236 fa­ther­less brides from poor fam­i­lies at a megawed­ding event in the western state of Gu­jarat at Christ­mas. Sa­vani, who be­lieves that giv­ing away brides is a bless­ing from God, has been or­ga­niz­ing sim­i­lar mass wed­dings ev­ery year since 2012. "With Sun­day's mass wed­ding, I have be­come (a) proud fa­ther to have per­formed 'kanyadaan' of over 700 girls," he told AFP.

Hun­dreds of brides in col­or­ful eth­nic at­tire and or­nate jew­elry per­formed their wed­ding rit­u­als in front of thou­sands of guests in the city of Su­rat, a hub for the di­a­mond pol­ish­ing in­dus­try. The ty­coon also gave gifts of gold and house­hold items, in­clud­ing so­fas and beds, worth 500,000 ru­pees ($7,400) to each of the brides to help them start mar­ried life. Two of the grooms at the mass wed­ding were his own sons. "This year my two sons also got mar­ried dur­ing the mass wed­ding event. So, in all there were 238 mar­riages," said Sa­vani.

Sa­vani said he be­gan his char­i­ta­ble cam­paign in 2008 when one of his own em­ploy­ees died just days be­fore his daugh­ter's wed­ding. It is not known how much the giant cer­e­mony cost. In­dian wed­dings are fa­mous for their lav­ish scale with multi-course feasts, dec­o­rated horses, brass bands and huge tents to en­ter­tain hun­dreds or even thou­sands of guests. — AFP

Par­tic­i­pants pose for a photo at the mass wed­ding of 236 fa­ther­less girls or­ga­nized by the PP Sa­vani Group in Su­rat, on Sun­day. — AFP pho­tos

Hun­dreds of brides in col­or­ful eth­nic at­tire and or­nate jew­elry per­formed their wed­ding rit­u­als in front of thou­sands of guests in the city of Su­rat.

A Chris­tian bride to be, Daxa, is helped by her friend at a mass wed­ding of 236 fa­ther­less girls or­ga­nized by the PP Sa­vani Group.

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