Mahesh Savani belongs to Raparda Village of Bhavanagar, Gujarat. The prosperous businessman has business interests in diamonds, realty and education. Yet, what sets him apart from the thousands of successful businessmen in the country is the fact that Savani is father to over 470 daughters!
Around ten years ago, Savani’s brother passed away. When his nieces were getting married, it was Savani who stepped up to play the role of their father and perform their ‘kanyadaan.’
The incident made him think about the countless girls who had lost their fathers and did not have a father figure to look up to.
“”It is challenging for a woman who has lost her husband to get her daughter married,” Savani told The Times of India.
In 2008, Savani began doing his bit for fatherless daughters by funding their weddings.
Till date, Savani has funded the weddings of 472 girls, across different religions. In addition to bearing the wedding expenses, Savani gifts his adopted daughters gold and silver jewellery, as well as clothes, electronic goods and other utensils needed to set up a home. He spends over Rs. 4 lakh on each wedding.
His relationship with his adopted daughters doesn’t end with the wedding either: “Mahesh papa is just a message away when we need him,” says Hina Kathiriya, one of Savani’s adopted daughters.
Says Naheda Banu, who lost her father when she was a child, “Mahesh papa is more than a father to me. I wish every girl in the world gets a father like him.”