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Thursday April 25, 2013 01:28:13 AM, Ather Shazan,

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra Haj Committee is set to hold the draw of lots for the Maharashtra Hajis on Thursday at sharp 09:00 in the morning at the Haj House near Victoria Railway Terminus, an official said.


"The draw of lots will be held for a total of 05,512 seats for which the Haj committee has received more than 35,000 applications", he said while talking to


Maharashtra has a quota of 10,763 based on the population of Muslims in the state. Out of this, applications of a total of 05,251 have already been approved as they are either of the aspirants above 70 years of age or of those who have applied consecutively for the fourth time.


Maharashtra Haj Committee has received 41,311 applications for the Haj 2013. Of them, 20,401 are males, 20,608 females and 28 children below two years of age.


The applicants whose age are above 70 years and who have been approved for the Haj 2013 without draw of lots are 2458 whereas the hajis who have applied consecutively for the fourth year are 2793.


The entire haj quota of the state is divided to different districts based on the population of Muslims. For Nashik district, the quota allotted is 867, for which 4,028 applications have been received by the Haj Committee.


More than 3.5 million hajis from all across the world go to two holy cities Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia every year to perform the annual ritaul called haj.


To control the crowd the Saudi Haj Ministry has allotted quotas to different countries. India has been allotted a quota of 1,70,000 hajis. Of them, 1,25,000 hajis go through Haj Committee of India whereas 45,000 hajis go through private tour operators.






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