Ziona Chana, believed to head the world’s largest family, with as total of 38 wives, 89 children and 33 grandchildren, died on Sunday at the age of 76 in Mizoram.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga took to Twitter to confirm the death of Ziona Chana, and said that the state and his village at Baktawng Tlangnuam has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family.
Zionghaka, popularly known as Ziona, died at 3 PM at Trinity hospital in Aizawl. He had diabetes and hypertension.
Ziona Chana was the head of a religious community called ‘Chana’s sect’ in his village.
He was born on July 21, 1945. He met his oldest wife, who is three years older than he is, when he was 17.
His family members live in a four-storied house called ‘Chhuan Thar Run’ or New Generation Home with over 100 rooms in the mountainous village.
Reportedly, Ziona Chana’s sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen, while his wives shared a dormitory near his private bedroom.
They are supported by their own resources and occasional donations from followers. The mansion of the Chana’s has become a tourist attraction in the state.