You heard about Surat’s based businessman which gives hundreds of gifts to his employees on Diwali. Here we are going to talk about Mahesh Bhai, another diamond trader from Surat who claims that he is the father of 2000 daughter yeah it’s true and the number keeps increasing day by day.
actually, Mahesh arranges weddings of orphan girls who don’t have parents or anyone to look after them. He has been in the news for arranging up to 300 weddings per year. In the last 9 years, till now, she is married to 2866 daughters.
Mahesh Ji shared his incredible story, the ups, and downs he has faced in life, and the life-changing incident that got him into philanthropy.
“In 2008, one of my distant relatives, Ishwarbhai, died before the wedding of his two daughters,” explains Mahesh. “I did their kanyadan and spent around Rs 10 lakh for their wedding.”
then he realized that there are many orphan girls or other parents who can not afford the expensive marriage. so a former diamond merchant and now a realty king, Mahesh, 48, who has enough money coming in from his realty businesses under the P.P Savani Group, a private limited firm, started arranging mass weddings in 2010 for his own mental satisfaction.
the life story of Mahesh was quite interesting His father Vallabhbhai came from a humble background, started off as a laborer and slowly built his diamond business, which Mahesh and his brothers expanded over the years.
he said that “My father is the real man behind all that we have,” admits Mahesh, “We are just carrying forward and adding numbers. His life story is very inspiring for me.”
His father earned Rs 125 per month at a diamond manufacturing company, saved every penny and, in 1978, installed one machine and started a manufacturing unit of his own. He trained his family members and started his business which later became big. By 2004, its annual turnover was Rs 150 crore. “In 1990 he became part of the business. he started manufacturing more diamonds. he said his father used to produce 35,000 pieces per month but I started manufacturing three lakh pieces per month,”. He expanded the business and started branches in Belgium, Hong Kong, and Mumbai.
In 2010, Mahesh organized the first mass wedding. He asked around and circulated registry forms in hospitals for girls who don’t have parents, or means to afford a wedding, and shortlisted the brides-to-be.
“Now there are thousands of forms and we have to choose,” says Mahesh. “We make sure those without parents get on the list, then we give them a catalog of make-up and clothes to choose from, and I pay for everything.
Each wedding costs Rs 4-5 lakh and every year around 250 couples from different religions and caste get married. and till now P.P. Group has arranged 3,000 weddings and they also sponsor the education of 3,300 students who have lost their fathers in 260 schools in Surat. He makes sure that they study till class 12 at least.
the story of a real philanthropist Mahesh is truly inspiring.