Narayanan Krishnan (source: CNN)

One of the top 10 CNN Heroes 2010, Narayanan Krishnan is an inspiration for human compassion and love. He has dedicated himself to feeding the destitute and homeless left to die on the streets of Madurai. He is doing this with not much of a financial backing but with a heart as big as the Indian Ocean.

Krishnan’s day begins at 4 a.m. He and his team cover nearly 125 miles in a donated van, routinely working in temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

He seeks out the homeless under bridges and in the nooks and crannies between the city’s temples. The hot meals he delivers are simple, tasty vegetarian fare he personally prepares, packs and often hand-feeds to nearly 400 clients each day.

Krishnan carries a comb, scissors and razor and is trained in eight haircut styles that, along with a fresh shave, provide extra dignity to those he serves.

He says many of the homeless seldom know their names or origins, and none has the capacity to beg, ask for help or offer thanks. They may be paranoid and hostile because of their conditions, but Krishnan says this only steadies his resolve to offer help.

What to help? Visit Krishnan’s Akshaya Trust here.

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