Food is a basic need for any human beng or animal to survive. It is widely known someone will die if he misses food in certian duration of time.
Prahlad Jani, also known as Mataji or Chunriwala Mataji,(13 August 1929 ― 26 May 2020) was an Indian breatharian monk who claimed to have lived without food and water since 1940. He said that the goddess Amba sustained him.
There was no way of verifying Jani’s claims, but doctors have said a person cannot go for long periods without food or water without organ damage and the body breaking down.
Nevertheless, Jani’s claims attracted the interest of India’s medical community.
Two observational studies and one imaging study of Jani have been conducted. The observational studies were one in 2003 and one in 2010, both involving Dr. Sudhir Shah, a neurologist at the Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad, India, who had studied people claiming to have exceptional abilities, including other fasters such as Hira Ratan Manek.
In 2010 a team of military doctors studied him for two weeks at a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s biggest city.
Jani was watched with cameras and closed circuit television. Doctors took scans of his organs, brain and blood vessels, and conducted tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.
They said he did not eat, drink or go to the toilet, and his only contact with fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically.
“We still do not know how he survives,” neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters then
In 2003, Dr. Sudhir Shah and other physicians at Sterling Hospitals, Ahmedabad, India observed Jani for 10 days. He stayed in a sealed room. Doctors said that he passed no urine or stool during the observation, but that urine appeared to form in the bladder.
A hospital spokesperson said that Jani was physically normal, but noted that a hole in the palate was an abnormal condition.
Independent of DRDO studies, IIT Madras team has conducted an imaging study in 2017. They have collected Jani’s brain images and measured the size of Pineal and Pituitary glands. The result of the imaging study shows that the size of Jani’s Pineal and Pituitary glands are of the same order of a 10-year-old boy. The study results have been published in scientific journals.
He died in the year 2020 after short illness at the age of 90 years