Narayanan Krishnan was born and raised in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He was a well-educated young man who realized his dream of becoming an award winning chef at the Taj Hotels in Bangalore. In 2002, he had been chosen to be the top chef at a 5-star restaurant in Switzerland. Excited about the new life ahead of him in a new country, Narayanan was all set to go until a simple walk through the streets of his home town changed the course of his life forever.
While on his walk Narayanan was shocked at what he saw. An elderly man was lying on the side of the road, literally starving to death. In that moment he decided he had to help that man. In the paradigm shift that occurred he decided that helping those in need would mean he had lived a fulfilling, well lived life. This new purpose game him a sense of happiness he had not experienced before and would likely never had if he had just walked on by.
He went in a nearby hotel and asked if they had any food ready to serve. They had idli; a breakfast cake of sorts made from fermented black lentils and rice. Watching the man eat with a desperation for nutrition Narayanan’s life purpose became crystal clear. He quit his job and began feeding the homeless and mentally ill in his hometown. Knowing those he would be feeding were in need of more than food, he knew that food was a good place to begin.
In 2003 he founded Akshaya Trust; an organization created with the purpose of feeding the homeless and mentally ill in Madurai. Each day they feed three nutritious meals to over 425 poor, needy and elderly. To date they have served over 1.9 million meals.
Going above and beyond to show love to these people and attempting to restore some of their dignity, Narayanan also gives haircuts, baths and shaves.
Now a decade later, Akshaya Trust is nearing completion of Akshaya House; a place of refuge for the destitute of Madurai.
If you would like to learn more you can visit Akshaya Trust’s website.
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