The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is called the Day of Arafat. This day is the culminating event of the annual Islamic Haj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Arafat day 2017 will begin in the evening of Wednesday, 30 August and ends in the evening of Thursday, 31 August .
Haj Committee of India ( HCOI ) has started the Haj Pilgrimage process for India. India sends the second largest contingent of Haj pilgrims to Mecca , Saudi Arabia. Haj Flight for Bihar pilgrims is all set to commence from 25th July, 2017 onwards and will continue till 26th August. The returning date from Mecca / Jeddah is 4th September. Pilgrims from Bihar will board on flight from Gaya International Airport. Bihar State Haj Committee is taking all the concern and steps to make the process to reach the airport smooth , keeping the place clean and secure .
This year it was the first time in Bihar that qurrah took place to select the accomodation for the selected pilgrims , as there was limited seats for Green Category. Still , even after the selection in the green category , there were many applicants who are shifted to Aziziya category due to the non availability of actual required accommodation units in Green Category in Makkah Mukarrama. Read the official notificaiton on the website of HCOI
Other guidelines for the pilgrims from Bihar , which they should follow :
- Make sure that while travelling the luggage is loaded in the same bus as you.
- In case of lost baggage, contact the Consulate’s Lost & Found store in Branch Office No. 1 in Misfala area of Makkah.
- Be prepared for delays that occur in transport to Makkah, Madinah, Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa. Be patient.
- Dont purchase many things that would result to excess baggage while returning . One have to keep aside money for payment of excess baggage if carrying excess baggage.
- They need to reach Jeddah Haj Terminal for departure 24 hours before the scheduled time of departure. Be prepared to stay at the airport for so long and have enough money to buy food and water.
This year again Bihar received less Haj applications than its real Haj quota of 12,125. Total Haj applications received by Bihar State Haj Committee this year was 6963.