Ranchi: President of India Pranab Mukherji on Sunday laid the foundation stone of Haj House to be built at the cost of Rs 55.12 crore in Jharkhand capital.
Laying the foundation stone of the Haj House in Ranchi, the President said, "Makkah is the sacred place for our Muslim brethren. Every year on the occasion of Haj, the Muslim communities across the world visit this sacred place. It is a lifetime dream of every Muslim to go on Haj pilgrimage."
Till date, there was no proper arrangement available for Haj pilgrims from Jharkhand. The state government, after realising this, has decided to construct a unique and very beautiful Haj House while keeping religious traditions and customs of Muslim brethren in mind, he said.
"This Haj House will provide all type of facilities for the Haj pilgrims," he said, adding that he feels delighted to lay its foundation stone.
"It is indeed commendable that the Government of Jharkhand has come up with the project of establishing a “Haj House” to facilitate Haj pilgrimage", he said.
Mukherjee said Haj pilgrims from India outnumbered those from Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to PTI.
The President also laid the foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan to be built at a cost of Rs 155 crore.
Mukherjee said Noble laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore had special attachment with Jharkhand.
He said he has strong belief that this Rabindra Bhawan will establish its identity as a unique centre for promotion of art and culture in Ranchi.
The President also said that his association with Jharkhand, as indeed the entire Eastern region goes back many a decades with the neighbouring West Bengal being his home state. Indeed Bihar, undivided Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Assam were part of the same Bengal Presidency for a long period in the earlier part of the last century.
"The area has a shared past and heritage and its shaping in the post Independence era has also been similar", he said.