A total of 61,847 pilgrims from India have arrived in Saudi Arabia
for the annual Haj rituals scheduled in the next month. Of them 27,487
are in Makkah and 34,345 pilgrims are in Madinah, an official
statement said Saturday.
Though no untoward incident is
reported so far, nineteen Indian pilgrims have died due to
physical and other such reasons.
So far, 223 flights have come from India.
On Friday, the first child birth for an Indian pilgrim was
reported from Madinah. The baby girl was born to a couple from
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.
Madinah, the second most sacred city for Muslims, is the place
where Prophet Mohammad was laid to rest and also has the three