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
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During the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a Muslim worshipper touches the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on June 24, 2023. The voyage is also a big revenue earner for Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, trying to diversify its economy by encouraging tourism.