Tour of Sri Ramanasramam - Photos 31 & 32
The first photograph shows devotees taking food in the dining hall at luchtime. Meals are served on leaf-plates on the floor in traditional Indian style, but there are two benches and tables for those who cannot sit on the floor easily.
Breakfast is at 7.00am, Lunch is at 11.30am and dinner is served at 7.30pm. Guests are expected to be punctual.
All of the meals are served with boiled rice. The ashram does not cater for special food needs and people who cannot take rice are advised to purchase bread or chappaties outside the ashram and to bring them with them to the dining hall. However, westerners are automatically served non-spicy foods but can take the spicy version if they request it at the time of serving. In the event of stomach complaints the ashram will provide 'gruel' (boiled broken rice with milk) if they are informed in advance.
The second photograph taken in the dining hall shows devotees and ashram staff taking afternoon tea between 4.00pm and 4.30pm. This facility is only open to ashram residents and guests who are staying in the ashram. Hot milk or tea is available.