Source: The Detroit News
On December 29, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Troy resident Chandrachoodan Narayanan spent Tuesday contacting friends and relatives in India to find out how his temple could help. The people he could reach in the area ravaged by the killer tsunami Sunday told him they need just about everything. 'They need, naturally, shelter, clothes, food,' said Narayanan, 63, a member of Pontiac's Parashakthi Temple. 'They lost everything -- their families, their boat, their home. Everything. There's so much damage. You can't believe.' The 400-member congregation is doing what most Hindu temples in Metro Detroit are -- preparing to ship cash, clothes, water and other supplies overseas. The temple he belongs to is expected to send hundreds of cases of water immediately and start a fund-raising program, Narayanan said."