47-Year-Old Indian businessman from Ahmedabad Gujarat Mahesh Savani, is now a proud father, as he has 472 loving daughters who are now happily married now.
These are the girls who don’t have their father.
Savani has been their “father figure” as he organized their weddings over the past few years.
After the death of his brother Ishwar Savani in 2008 due to cardiac arrest in a jeweler’s shop, now Mahesh Savani had to perform the ‘Kanya Daan’ for his two nieces, around 10 years ago.
He had gone to purchase the wedding jewelry for his two daughters, Amruta and Mitula and the jeweler wanted full payment.
That incident left Ishwar’s cousin Mahesh Savani who is a diamond baron, thinking of many girls without fathers and then he started his personal splendid drive to support weddings.
Today, Mahesh Savani is called the “proud father” of 708 daughters, for each of whom he has organized the wedding.
“My brother’s death shook me to the core”.
“I did get his two daughters married, but I thought, what about many other daughters who have lost their fathers?”.
Savani further said:
“I took a decision on that day to be the father of those brides, who have none to support them”.
Savani spends Rs 4 lakh on an average on every such wedding.
In 2010, Mahesh Savani was given the work of “running schools” of their group.
“I saw many girl students coming to take their school leaving certificates. When asked, the reply I used to get normally was that their fathers had died, and they could not afford school fees”.
Today, Mahesh Savani proudly supports students in 19 colleges and 238 schools of Surat. Boys get their fees up to class 10th.
Already, 392 girls in colleges and 8,400 students in schools have benefited from Mahesh Savani’s support.
He even provides free medical treatment to those students who don’t have a father. Now at 47, Mahesh has two sons, Mohit and Mitual, but no daughter.
Mahesh says, “I don’t have my own daughter but there are more than 2,000 daughters who call me father.”
This year, he would stand as the father of the bride for another 251 ladies in mass weddings.