Many years later, Nandhiji became a wandering saddhu who engaged in intense spiritual practices under the guidance of his Siddha Gurus. One day, Ammachi was traveling through Nandhiji’s hometown, Sivakasi, and she was staying in his parent's house.
Nandhiji’s parents had a lot to complain to Amma about him. They told Ammachi, Please put sense into this boy’s head. He has forgotten responsibilities. He wanders from one pilgrimage to another. His business has collapsed and instead of being ashamed, he seems happy to spend the little money he has on feeding people. He has become mad. Ammachi smiled and held Nandhiji to her lap saying, "Son of Siva, just do whatever you do from your heart!"
This is when Nandhiji told her in a few words, the dream of Amma Sanctuary. Ammachi said, "Just do it, Amma is with you!" These words of empowerment meant everything to Nandhi. Ammachi’s inspiration has lead the first sanctuary to be called Amma Sanctuary.