Narayani Seva or Anna Dhaanam (providing meals) began in 1999 at Sri Narayani Peedam, and extended to local schools and local government-run orphanages.
Today, Narayani Seva takes place everyday at Sri Annapoorani Mandapam, a large dining hall inside Sripuram. A free South Indian meal is served on a banana leaf to all temple visitors and staff members. On average, between 8000 to 10 000 guests are fed daily.
Amma has explained that when material gifts are given, like money or clothing, the recipient will never be entirely satisfied. Human nature is such that they will always, ‘desire more’. However, when a person is offered food, at some point their desire will be satiated. When the belly is full, satisfaction is reached and the person will say, ‘I have had enough.Thank you.’ In this way, providing food for people is a very special seva.