Prahlad Jani (), also known as “Mataji”, (born Chunriwala Mataji, August 13, 1929) is an Indian breatharian sadhu who claims to have lived without food and water since 1940. He says that the goddess Amba sustains him.
Born Chunriwala Mataji, Jani grew up in Charada village in Mehsana district. According to Jani, he left his home in Rajasthan at the age of seven, and went to live in the jungle. At the age of 11, Jani underwent a religious experience and became a follower of the Hindu goddess Amba. From that time, he is a devotee of Amba, wearing a red sari-like garment, a jewelery and crimson flowers in his shoulder-length hair. Is known as Mataji (“[manifestation of] The Great Mother”). Jani believes that the goddess provides him a liquid sustenance or water which drops through a hole in his palate, allowing him to live without food or drink. Since the 1970s, Jani has lived in a cave in the rainforest near the Gujarati temple of Ambaji,
Two observational studies of Jani have been conducted, one in 2003 and one in 2010, both involving Dr Sudhir Shah, a neurologist at the Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad, India, who had studied Hira Ratan Manek. In these cases, the investigators confirmed the role of being able to survive in the past. When questioned six days into the 2010 experiment, the DRDO spokesperson announced that the study’s findings would be “confidential” until they were established, and further published by the team. the principal investigator, DIPAS. Uninvolved physicians and other critics have questioned the validity of the studies and their beliefs, it is not possible to survive for years, especially since ‘t provided. The veracity of Mataji’s claims has also been independently confirmed with all tests being indigenously conducted.
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 say that he passed no urine or stool during the observation, but that appeared to form in the bladder. A hospital spokesman said that Jani was quite normal, but noted that a hole in the palate was an abnormal condition. The fact that Jani ‘s weight dropped during the last few days of indefinitely without food.
From 22 April to 6 May 2010, Prahlad Jani was again observed and tested by Dr. Sudhir Shah and a team of 35 researchers from the Indian Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), as well as other organizations. The director of DIPAS said that the results of the observations could “tremendously benefit mankind”, as well as “soldiers, victims of calamities and astronauts”, all of which can be overcome without food or water for long durations. The tests were conducted at Sterling Hospitals. Professor Anil Gupta of SRISTI, involved in monitoring the tests, described the team as being “intrigued” by Jani’s kriyas apparently allowing him to control his body’s physiological functions. The team studied Jani with daily clinical examinations, blood tests, and scans. Round-the-clock surveillance has been reportedly followed using multiple CCTV cameras and personal observation. The researchers say that Jani was taken out of the sealed room for testing and exposure to the sun. According to the researchers, Jani’s only in the past, and in the presence defecate. It has been reported that it is not safe to eat, drink or go to the toilet, all of which have been reported as normal. The doctors reported that the amount of liquid in Jani ‘ s bladder fluctuated and that Jani appeared “able to generate urine in his bladder”, he did not pass urine. Based on Jani’s reported levels of leptin and ghrelin, two appetite-related hormones, DRDO researchers posited that Jani may be demonstrating an extreme form of adaptation to starvation and water restriction. DIPAS stated in 2010 that further studies have been planned, including investigations into how metabolic waste materials are eliminated from the body, from where it gets its energy for sustenance, and how it maintains its hydration status.
Dr. Michael Van Rooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, dismissed the observation results as “impossible”, observing that the bodies of profoundly malnourished people quickly consume their own body’s resources, resulting in failure, tachycardia and heart strain. A spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association said, “The bottom line is that you need food to function.” Nutrition researcher Peter Clifton also disagreed with study results, accusing the research team of “cheating” by permitting Jani to gargle and bathe, and stating that a human of average weight would die after “15 to 20 days” without water. People who eat food and water to emulate Sanal Edamaruku, Jani to move the CCTV cameras’ field of view, claiming that video footage has been released. Edamaruku also said that the gargling and bathing activities were insufficiently monitored. Edamaruku was denied access to the site where the tests were conducted in both 2003 and 2010, and accuses Jani of having “influential protectors” responsible for denying him permission to inspect the project during its operation live television broadcast. The Indian Rationalist Association. In September 2010, Dr. Shah announced that scientists from Austria and Germany had offered to visit India to carry out more research on Jani, and scientists from the United States had also offered to join the research. Jani has expressed interest in cooperating in further investigations.
In 2006, The Discovery Channel aired a documentary called “The Boy with Divine Powers” featuring a five-minute interview with Jani and Shah. In 2010, the Independent Television Network (ITN) posted an article and video featuring Prahlad Jani, commenting on the 2010 tests. In 2010 Prahlad Jani was featured in an Austrian documentary “Am Anfang war das Licht” (English title In the Beginning There Was Light). In October 2010, the Italian television station Rai 2 broadcast a program named “Traveling” which presented an extensive report on Prahlad Jani and the tests. In October 2011 Jani was the param pujya in a large shobha yatra performed near Gandhinagar. 1000 paaths of Goddess Durga were chanted.