Zionnghaka Chana, who lived in the northeastern state of Mizoram as the patriarch of what is believed to be one of the world's largest families, suffered from diabetes and hypertension.
The sect, founded by Mr. Chana's grandfather in the 1930s, has some 1,700 members, including four generations of the Chana family, many of whom carve wooden furniture and make pottery items.
Its philosophy is based on Christian teachings, although leaders from the Presbyterian Church, the main faith in the state, reject Mr. Chana's embrace of polygamy.
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