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Saffron tinge in Haj pilgrims’ send-off

29,441 PILGRIMS from Uttar Pradesh would perform Haj this year, out of which 1021 are from Lucknow.

lucknow Updated: Jul 25, 2017 14:59 IST
HT Correspondent
Even the stage prepared by State Haj Committee had a saffron backdrop.
Even the stage prepared by State Haj Committee had a saffron backdrop. (HT Photo)

With saffron and green flags in hand, three ministers flagged off the first batch of 330 Haj pilgrims for a flight to Jeddah on Monday morning.

Minister for minority welfare, Waqf and Haj, Chaudhary Lakshmi Narain; minister of state for Haj and Waqf, Mohsin Raza and minister of state for minority welfare Baldev Singh Aulakh gave a send-off to the bus ferrying pilgrims to the Amausi airport. Unlike previous years, the chief minister was not present for the flag-off.

HOARDINGS WITH A MESSAGE

Saffron colour dominated the scenes around the Haj House here this time. Hoardings with the message – ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ – welcomed Haj pilgrims. The hoardings displayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s greetings to the pilgrims.

Even the stage prepared by State Haj Committee had a saffron backdrop.

WARM SEND-OFF

A man embraces his kin while seeing him off. This year, green category pilgrims will have to spend Rs 2.36 lakh on the Haj trip while Azizia category pilgrims will have to spend Rs 2.2 lakh.

WAITING FOR THE BUS

Pilgrims sitting in the waiting area of the Haj House in Lucknow before boarding the bus to the airport on Monday.

BOARDING THE FLIGHT

29,441 PILGRIMS from Uttar Pradesh would perform Haj this year, out of which 1021 are from Lucknow.

12,414 PILGRIMS will embark upon the pilgrimmage from Amausi airport in Lucknow.

11,949 PILGRIMS of UP will go to Haj from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminus.

5,078 PILGRIMS will go from Varanasi airport.