Hajj: The cyclone of pilgrims circling the Mecca

The ongoing hajj pilgrimage that began on June 26 is the largest in history. As coronavirus pandemic restrictions in place since 2020 have been fully relaxed, over two million white-robed pilgrims are expected to circle the Kaaba, the cubed structure at the epicentre of Islam's holiest site, until the end of the week. Performed over five to six days, the set of rituals is the high point of the annual pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam
Curated By: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Jun 28, 2023

Image by : Saudi Press Agency/Handout via Reuters

  • Hajj: The cyclone of pilgrims circling the Mecca
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A view of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 2023. A mammoth logistical operation, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have spent billions over the years to improve infrastructure to accommodate an ever-increasing number of pilgrims.