Prahlad Jani, who claims decades of not eating or drinking thanks to “enduring immortal medicine”, died at the age of 90.

Prahlad Jani, an Indian man who is a Hindu, has white hair and beard, wears a red shirt and nose rings in the style of a Hindu goddess, died at his home on May 26.

“He was taken to the hospital after midnight, but the doctor declared he had died before,” said Sheetal Chaudhary, a neighbor next to Jani’s house.

Jani’s body was taken to Ambaji, a town famous for temples, where he built a small ashram called Mataji (goddess).

“The body will be placed in the temple for two days for people to pay homage and see him off,” Chaudhary said, adding that Jani was cremated on May 27.

Prahlad Jani, who claims to have been without eating and drinking for 80 years and still lives well. Photo: AFP.
Prahlad Jani, who claims to have been without eating and drinking for 80 years and still lives well. Photo: AFP.

Jani was born in August 1929. He lives in Charada village, Gujarat state, western India. He said a goddess blessed as a child, allowing her to grow up without eating and drinking, despite the suspicion of medical experts.

In 2003, he claimed to receive “immortality elixir through the palate, able to live without eating and drinking”.

There is no way to verify Jani’s claim, but health experts say that without eating for a long time, the human body will be exhausted, visceral and dead.

Jani’s statement drew the attention of the Indian medical community. In 2010, a group of military medical doctors studied him for two weeks at a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city.

Jani is monitored by camera and camcorder. The doctor scanned his internal organs, brain and blood vessels, tested his heart, lungs and memory capacity. They said he did not eat, drink or even go to the toilet for two weeks. The only liquid he came into contact with was mouthwash and shower water.

“We still don’t know how he survived,” says neuroscientist Sudhir Shah. “This phenomenon is still a mystery.”

The results of research conducted by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization were neither published nor detailed by other agencies.