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Prahlad Jani speaking at a press conference. (AAP)
|Scientists admit they are puzzled by an Indian man who claims
not to have eaten or drunk anything in the last 65 years.
And they concede he may hold the key to understanding how humans
could be taught to live without food or water.
Prahlad Jani, 82, has been subjected to 15 days of testing and
observations by military doctors from India's Defence Research
and Development Organisation.
Mr. Jani, a holy man who follows the Hindu Goddess Amba, claims
to survive on an "elixir" fed to him by Amba to give him
strength. He has lived in a cave for the past 40 years.
During his time in hospital from April 22, the so called
82-year-old "miracle man" was monitored 24 hours a day by
doctors who confirmed he consumed no food or water during the
Medical tests conducted on Mr. Jani found he was healthier than
someone half his age.
"Clinical, biochemical, radiological and other relevant
examinations were done on Prahlad Jani and all reports were
within a safe range throughout the study.
He is healthy, his
mind is sharp," Indian military doctor [...] Illavashagn was
quoted as saying by the Daily Mail newspaper.
"What is truly astonishing , and something we have no
explanation for, is that he passed no stools or urine. To my
knowledge, that is medically unprecedented."
Mr. Jani — who dresses as a female devotee of his goddess Amba in
a red sari-like garment, nose ring, bangles and long hair —
appeared at a press conference after emerging from hospital last
"I am fit and strong today and even the doctors agree. They ran
every test possible for 15 days and proved that I do not need
food to keep me strong," he told local media.
"I am strong and healthy because it is the way god wants me to
A spokesperson for the Defence Research and Development
Organisation told the Daily Mail his case could "help save human
lives during natural disasters, high altitude, sea journeys and
other natural and human extremities".
......MORE NEWS ON MR. JANI PRAHALAD
FROM BBC NEWS SERVICE....
.....and some conflicting information on the claim by Mr. Jani....
Left Photo: Mr. Prahlad Jani under
surveillance in hospital
Right Photo: Hungry for blessings: Mr. Jani receives a devotee in
fakir flummoxes physicians....
correspondent Rajeev Khanna in Ahmedabad)
Doctors and experts are baffled by an Indian hermit who claims not to
have eaten or drunk anything for several decades - but is still in
Prahlad Jani under surveillance in hospital
Prahlad Jani, a holy man, or fakir, who is over 70 years old, has just
spent 10 days under constant observation in Sterling Hospital, in the
western Indian city of Ahmedabad. During that time, he did not consume
anything and "neither did he pass urine or stool", according to the
hospital's deputy superintendent, Dr Dinesh Desai.
Yet he is in fine mental and physical fettle, say doctors.
Most people can live without food for several weeks, with the body
drawing on its fat and protein stores. But the average human can survive
for only three to four days without water.
Followers of Indian holy men and ascetics have often ascribed
extraordinary powers to them, but such powers are seldom subject to
"A series of tests conducted on him show his body mechanism is that of a
normal person," said Dr Desai.
Mr Jani spends most of his time in a cave near the Ambaji temple in
Gujarat state. He has never fallen ill and can continue to live like
this, said Bhiku Prajapati, Mr Jani's devotee
He spent his 10 days in hospital in a specially prepared room, with a
sealed-off toilet and constant video surveillance. To help the doctors
verify his claims, Mr Jani agreed to avoid bathing for his time in
hospital. The only fluid he was allowed was a small amount of water, to
use as mouthwash. One hundred millilitres of water were given to him,
and then collected and measured in a beaker when he spat it out, to make
sure none had been drunk.
A statement from Ahmedabad's Association of Physicians says that despite
no water entering his body, urine nonetheless appeared to form in his
bladder - only to be re-absorbed by the bladder walls.
Hungry for blessings: Mr Jani receives a devotee in hospital
At the end of his confinement, doctors noted no deterioration in his
condition, other than a slight drop in his weight. "I feel no need for
food and water," says Mr Jani, who claims he was blessed by a goddess at
the age of eight and has lived in caves ever since.
He grew up in Charod village in Mehsana district and wears the dress of
a devotee of the goddess Ambaji - a red sari-like garment, nose ring,
bangles and crimson flowers in the hair.
He also wears the vermilion "tika" mark on his forehead, more often seen
on married Hindu women.
His followers call him "mataji" or goddess.
He says he has survived several decades without food or water because of
a hole in his palate. Drops of water filter through this hole, he says,
sustaining him. "A hole in the palate is an abnormal phenomenon," says
"He has never fallen ill and can continue to live like this," said Bhiku
Prajapati, one of Mr Jani's many followers.
His colleague, Dr Urman Dhruv, told the BBC a full medical report is
being prepared on Mr Jani's 10 days under observation. Doctors say they
cannot verify his claim to have not eaten or drunk for decades - but by
observing his feat under laboratory conditions, they hope to learn more
about the human body.
It is likely that doctors will want to examine Mr Jani again in order to
solve the medical mystery he has presented them with.
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"I feel no need for food and water," states Prahlad Jani, a seventy-six year
old Indian ascetic who lives in a cave near the Ambaji temple in the state of
Gujarat. Mr. Jani claims that he has not had food or fluids to drink for the
last sixty-five years.
At the age of seven years he left home in search of
spiritual unfoldment. Jani states that at the age of eleven years he was blessed
by a goddess. He claims that since that blessing he has gained his sustenance
from nectar that filters down through a hole in his palate, and has not passed
urine or stools since then.
Mr. Jani explained, "I get the elixir of life from
the hole in my palate, which enables me to go without food and water." Almost
daily Mr. Jani enters a state of Samadhi characterized by extreme bliss and
enormous light and strength. He says that he has never experienced medical
problems. He says that he did not speak for a period of forty-five years.
In November 2003, after over a year of coaxing, Prahlad Jani was finally
persuaded to participate in a scientific research study. A medical research team
of twenty-one specialists, headed by Dr. Sudhir V. Shah, had Prahlad Jani under
twenty-four hours of observation for ten days at the Sterling Hospital in
The team's research expertise included cardiology, neurology,
urology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, renal function, pulmonary function,
ENT analysis, psychiatry, general medicine, and other specialities.
A series of
investigations were done on Mr. Jani in each of these areas according to a
pre-determined protocol, and additional tests were carried out as per
suggestions of the team. At the conclusion of their intensive investigations the
team's doctors were left with an unexplained mystery, unable to disprove Prahlad
Prahlad Jani was initially kept in ICU for the first twenty-four hours. For the
next nine days he was kept in a specially prepared room with a sealed-off toilet
and a glass door. The room was also equipped with video surveillance to
continuously monitor Prahlad Jani. Additionally, staff persons were assigned to
stay in the same room with Prahlad Jani round-the-clock to make sure that he did
not eat, drink, or pass urine or stool.
To assure researchers of no possible intake of water, Prahlad Jani agreed he
would not bathe during the medical investigation. Prahlad Jani was permitted a
small measured quantity of water to use as a mouthwash. He then spat the water
into a beaker to verify that none had been drunk. An ultrasound, which was made
of Mr. Jani's bladder twice daily, indicated that there was urine accumulation,
which subsequently decreased on its own without passing.
At the end of the ten days of observation, the team of doctors verified that
Prahlad Jani had not taken food or drank fluids. (The average person cannot
survive without water for more than four days.) The team concluded that Mr.
Jani's health had not deteriorated during this study. Also, according to the
hospital's deputy superintendent, Dr. Dinesh Desai, "A series of tests conducted
on him show his body mechanism is that of a normal person." Prahlad Jani's
survival without food or fluids remains one of those unexplained mysteries.
The following are excerpts from the research team's concluding report:
1. The protocol was strictly adhered to.
2. Mr. Jani had not passed or dribbled urine during these 10 days.
3. He has not taken anything by mouth or by any other routes not even water for
4. All his parameters remained within the range determined by the committee.
5. He has shown evidence of formation of urine, which seems to be reabsorbed
from his bladder wall. However, at present the committee does not have any
scientific explanation for the same but the help of senior scientists and
medical personnel of the country is being taken for the same.
We are surprised as to how he has survived despite above particularly without
passing urine for 10 days and remaining generally physically fit. However, it
should be made very clear that we have confirmed the claim over 10 days only and
we as scientists and responsible doctors cannot say anything regarding validity
of the claim of his sustaining without food, drinks, urination and excretion of
stools over several years.
Dr. Sudhir V. Shah (Consultant Neurophysician, Sterling Hospital/Associate
professor of neurology at K. M. School of PGMR, Ahmedabad) headed the research
panel of doctors who performed this study. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Sudhir V.
Shah for providing the Case Summary of this study along with the photos of Mr.
Jani. To view the Case Summary of Mr. Jani in its entirety please go to: P. Jani
Another similar research study, also headed by Dr. Sudhir V. Shah at Sterling
Hospital, was conducted on Hira Ratan Manek. Mr. Manek claimed not to have eaten
since 1995. Mr. Manek was kept under scientific observation round-the-clock for
411 continuous days. During this time Mr. Manek subsisted only on boiled water.
This study also left researchers baffled. Dr. Sudhir V. Shah kindly provided a
copy of his article about this study which was published in Gujarat Medical
Journal – March 2001. To view this report online please see: Mr. Manek Medical
YYou can see the video made of Prahlad
Jani with explanation commentaries by Dr. Sudhir Shah and other researchers on
Youtube by clicking
On June 26, 2006, The Discovery Channel aired a documentary featuring Prahlad Jani – a man who has not eaten food nor water for over 60 years.
Dr. Sudhir Shah hypothesized that Prahlad Jani is receiving nourishment
from the sun – similar to the sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek.
For 10 days, Prahlad Jani was observed in strict isolation and by
continual video monitoring. His body and health were measured internally
and externally by a team of medical doctors and scientists, led by Dr.
Sudhir Shah. Dr. Shah has also studied the sun gazing yogi Hira Ratan
Manek during his 411 day water fast in 2000-2001.
Prahlad Jani explains that he receives his nourishment from a substance
that is produced from a hole in the roof of his mouth. This substance is
called amrit or amrita in numerous yogic texts. Amrit is a Sanskrit word
that literally means “without death”. More commonly amrit has been
translated as the “divine nectar” or “drink of the gods”.
Many advanced yogis and sun gazers also claim to have experienced the
amrit substance, which is thought to be secreted by the pineal and
pituitary glands when activated by advanced yoga practices.
ThThis video clip is taken from The Discovery Channel’s documentary titled
“The Boy with Divine Powers” that aired on June 26, 2006. This video
focuses on Ram Bahadur Bomjon – a boy in Nepal who has been called “The
Buddha Boy”. Ram Bahadur Bomjon has also displayed the ability to live
for prolonged periods without food or water.