10 years of 26/11: Chabad House building is now ‘Nariman Light House’

Mumbai: On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumabi terror attacks, one of the key targets, Chabad House, in Colaba was transformed into a permanent memorial, unveiled on Monday. Newly-appointed Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka and Chabad House rabbi Israel Koszlovsky inaugurated the refurbished ‘Nariman Light House’ and the ‘Nariman Lighthouse Memorial’ on the five-storied building rooftop at a solemn function this evening.

This was Malka’s maiden engagement in India after his appointment. He was accompanied by deputy head of the Israeli Mission in New Delhi, Maya Kadosh, said a spokesperson for Chabad House. The first phase of the ‘Nariman Lighthouse Memorial’ includes a plaque with the names of all the 166 victims of the 26/11 terror strikes, a gently flowing fountain in an artificial garden signifying the flow of life, purification and regeneration, and six planks signifying the prime targeted locations.

Mumbai has several other memorials to the 26/11 terror strike martyrs and victims including at the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Hotel Oberoi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and the Girgaum Chowpatty. However, the Nariman Lighthouse Memorial is the only place in Mumbai where all the victims are being honoured. The memorial will open for public viewing soon, the rabbi announced.

“The memorial will symbolise that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that it is only through positivity that the message of peace can be spread to humanity,” rabbi Kozlovsky said on the occasion. The entire memorial comprising Phases I and II “will tell the world that the only way to lead lives is to abide by the virtues of humanity, spread positivity and become a harbinger of hope.”

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