Muzzafarpur: For 65-year-old Srinivas Chaudhari, a well-known Sanskrit phrase ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one single family) holds true. By performing one of the most important rituals of Indian marriage –‘Kanya Daan’, Chaudhari expanded his family by being ‘father’ of 61 girls.

Out of which two are his daughter, whereas remaining 59 are orphans for whom he performed the fatherly act.

Taking a social cause of making life of orphans settled like his own kids, Chaudhari, a resident of Dariyapur Kafen, Kudhni block started to perform ‘Kanya Daan’, in the year 2008. 

Kanya Daan is a pious and a dutiful ritual of Indian marriage, where bride’s father entrust her daughter to the groom. As a condition for offering his daughter the father of the bride asks a promise from the groom for assisting the bride in achieving three important goals of the life- dharma, artha, and kama.

Chaudhri, who is blessed with two daughters and one son decided to take up the social cause in the year 2004. But he did not know where to start from.

The opportunity for novel effort knocked his doors in 2008, when District Development Department was looking for people who could perform marriage rituals for orphan girls, which are generally performed by the parents. On October 19, 2008, Chaudhari did ‘Kanya Daan’ for four orphan girls.

His efforts to make society one family did not come to halt. Moving ahead with motivation, on November 30, 3008, he carried out the ritual for 11 girls and on March 3, 2009 for 12 girls and is still carrying out the activity. Chaudhari is presently father of 61 girls and aims to expand the family by raising the number to 108.