Godman Prahlad Jani (81) claims to have lived without food or water for the past 70 years. Of the 70 years, the past two weeks were spent — without eating or drinking — under CCTV surveillance at the Sterling Hospital, under medical watch. Doctors say the facts do not lead to any easy explanation.
The case has interested doctors of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as it can have lessons in survival strategies for soldiers, who often have to starve for days.
Unravelling his ‘mystery’, Jani said Goddess Amba Mata visited him when he was a child, and put her finger in his mouth to suckle. Since then, he’s never had to eat or drink. “With the blessing of the Goddess, I never had to take food or water. I agreed to undergo these (medical) studies because they may help science and our soldiers,” Jani said.
Doctors from the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), a DRDO unit, and the Sterling Hospital have said that Jani has “some unnatural characteristic in him”. They need three to six months to explain the phenomenon.
His pulse beat is like that of a sportsman. Jani’s hormone profile is normal, and so is his heart condition.
The doctors did a genetic study of Jani’s brother, Vasudev Jani (85), also.
“No psychiatric disorders were observed. Though he did not pass urine or stool during the period he did not eat or drink (April 22 to May 6), the volume of urine in the bladder was fluctuating,” said Dr Sudhir Shah, who had done a shorter version of the research on Jani in 2003 at the Sterling Hospital.
DIPAS Director Dr G. Ilavazhagan said: “The scrutiny will take three to six months because they involve DNA tests, etc.”