An 83-year-old Indian holy man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water has astounded a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period.

Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat under constant surveillance from a team of 30 medics equipped with cameras and closed circuit television.

During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet.

"We still do not know how he survives," neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment.

"It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is."

The long-haired and bearded yogi was sealed in a hospital in the city of Ahmedabad in a study initiated by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state defence and
military research institute.

The DRDO hopes that the findings, set to be released in greater detail in several months, could help soldiers survive without food and drink, assist astronauts or even save the lives of people
trapped in natural disasters.

"(Jani's) only contact with any kind of fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the period," G. Ilavazahagan, director of India's Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences
(DIPAS), said in a statement.

Jani has since returned to his village near Ambaji in northern Gujarat where he will resume his routine of yoga and meditation. He says that he was blessed by a goddess at a young age,
which gave him special powers.

During the 15-day observation, which ended on Thursday, the doctors took scans of Jani's organs, brain, and blood vessels, as well as doing tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.

"The reports were all in the pre-determined safety range through the observation period," Shah told reporters at a press conference last week.

Other results from DNA analysis, molecular biological studies and tests on his hormones, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes will take months to come through.

"If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one," said Shah.

"As medical practitioners we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories."

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while reading this the first thing I thought was a person can easily survive without food for two weeks and wouldn't show much, if any, ill effects. so yeah, he was probably consuming some amount of water/fluids while gargling and maybe bathing and relieving himself before finishing the bath. in this case to prove the claim repeat the study but have absolutely no access to water or fluids of any kind, and I highly doubt he would agree to those terms.
In the Irish Independent,the man said he was blessed by a goddess when he was (I think) 8 years old.
Powered by sunlight. Oh brother.
If he's green, maybe?

Mario Rodgers said:
Powered by sunlight. Oh brother.
Scam. The 'tests' are hardly rigorous. They're asking how he goes without food and water, rather than first determining IF he goes without food and water.
Of course its a hoax. If it was true they would never of let him go and you would never have heard of him. Soldiers who need neither food nor water would be a boon to any army.
......I never even considered that, Keith.
Now as soon as I'm ready to proceed with my plan of creating superhuman soldiers to conquer the world, I'll be sure to put you in charge of recruitment.
Lol I'm sure you didn't.

I'd be no good recruiting an army. I would apply sanity tests. Any one with a remote tendency to favor violence over communication would not get in the ranks. Same goes people who score high on the RWA scale.

You end up with an army of pacifist anti authoritarians. Not real good for order following cannon fodder.
P.T. Barnum said it best: "There's a sucker born every minute." And consider the source for this story:, hardly the epitome of journalistic integrity. Several scientific researches have been carried out on Breatharians--what Prahlad Jani, the holy man, is--actually he is a faker, i.e., a fraud:

“Few breatharians have submitted themselves to medical testing; of those that have, none
have undergone peer review with results independently reproduced. In a handful of
documented cases, individuals attempting breatharian fasting have died. Other studies of
alleged breatharians have exposed them as frauds.”

"Jani [was allowed] to move out of a certain CCTV camera's field of view, meet devotees and leave the
sealed test room to sunbathe. Edamaruku [reseacher] felt that the regular gargling and bathing activities were not sufficiently monitored, and accuses Jani of having had some "influential
protectors" who denied Edamaruku permission to inspect the project during its operation."


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