An 82-year-old Indian Sadhu (wandering monk, or holy man) Prahlad Jani has claimed that he has been living for 70 years without food or water.
Jani states that he is living as a monk since he was seven and was blessed by a Goddess when he was 11; since that blessing he gained his sustenance from nectar that filters down through a hole in his palate, and has not passed urine or stools since then.
In 2003, Jani was kept under surveillance for 10 days in Ahmedabad’s Sterling Hospital. He was given no food and only a small amount of water to wash his mouth and the water was later measured to confirm that he did not swallow any of it. He survived the ordeal, but lost a bit of weight, which cast doubts that he could survived without food over a much longer period.
His story caught the attention of India’s Defence Research Development Organisation, which hopes further research could help soldiers survive longer without food, or disaster victims to hang on until help arrives. Jani has again entered the hospital since April 22, 2010, where he is closely monitored for 15-20 days. We’ll see what happens in a week or less. Updates then.
[Update] The sadhu survived the 15 days test. No food, no water, no apparent health issues. Not many details are released though, as the scientists are still busy processing the baffling data.