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Saturday October 15, 2011 10:37:19 PM, & Agencies

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Jeddah: 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 Uttar Pradesh.


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 oldest mosques.







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