More than 50,000 Indian hajis have reached Saudi Arabia for annual
Haj pilgrimage. Out of them thirteen have died due to physical
reasons and ageing, an official statement said
"As of today, 13 pilgrims have expired, out of which 11 came
through Haj Committee of India and two through private tour
operators," said a release from the consulate general of India
Of the total 51,611 pilgrims who have arrived here for the annual Haj
pilgrimage, 14,655 are in Makkah and 36,945 are in
Madina. Also, 7,155 pilgrims have moved from Makkah to Madina.
These pilgrims have arrived here from different parts of India --
Delhi (16,979), Guwahati (2,681), Hyderabad (5,779), Jaipur
(3,294), Kozhikode (7,500), Lucknow (8,628), Mangalore (650),
Ranchi (2,834) and Varanasi (3,266), the statement said.
More than 3 million people come from
all across the world for Haj every year. Among them are more than
1,25,000 hajis who visit Saudi Arabia from India.
The Haj to Makkah, the holiest city for Muslims, is obligatory in
Islam at least once in a lifetime.
Madina, the second most sacred city for Muslims, is the place
where Prophet Mohammad was laid to rest and also has the three