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The world's biggest family in India's Mizoram with 181 members is difficult to fit into one frame
Believe it or not! But, see for yourself, what a mess a single man can create, literally! Mr Ziona Chana, a resident of the village of Baktwang, set amidst the hills of Mizoram, in the North-East in India, considers himself to be a blessed man to keep 39 wives.

Ziona Chana is the head of the largest family in the world, with 181 members, including 94 children, 14 daughter-in-laws and 33 grandchildren.

Photo: Chana's 100-room mansion

Chana lives with his entire family in a four storey 100-room mansion in his village, with his 39 wives, who take turns to share his bed, but otherwise sleep in giant communal dormitories.

Chana's family is organized by almost military discipline, with his oldest wife, Zathiangi in-charge of assisting her fellow partners in performing daily household chores like cooking, cleaning and washing.

An evening meal at the Chana household means cooking 30 chickens, peeling 132 pounds of potatoes and boiling 220 pounds of rice. After all, feeding 181 mouths is easier said than done.

Photo: Chana's senior wives responsible for daily chores

Fortunately for Mr Chana, he belongs to a community where taking many wives is allowed. His religious sect has 4,000 members. In a modern Indian society where people today think twice (oops!!), 10 times before tying the knot, Chana comes across as a marriage enthusiast, who has married ten women in one year, and the old lad has no intentions of stopping. He wants to take in more wives. He said, "To expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the US to marry."

Mr Chana started marrying poor women of the village, so that he could take care of them, at the insistence of his son. His son said that Chana's father also had many wives.

Rinkmini, Chana's 35-year old wife says, "We stay around him as he is the most important person in the house. He is the most handsome person in the village."

There is a hierarchy amongst Chana's wives, who share the bed with him. He keeps younger women closer to his bed, with elder members sleeping further away.

Photo: Chana posing with his 39 wives

According to another of his wives, Huntharnghanki, the family gets along well and thrives on mutual love and respect.

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