Hajj Pilgrimage

Oct 30, 2012, 09:26 AM IST
Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy on the Plain of Arafat near the holy city of Mecca. Saudi authorities say around 3.4 million pilgrims — some 1.7 million of them from abroad — have arrived in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina for this year`s pilgrimage.
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Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy on the Plain of Arafat near the holy city of Mecca. Saudi authorities say around 3.4 million pilgrims — some 1.7 million of them from abroad — have arrived in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina for this year`s pilgrimage.

A muslim pilgrim`s child casts stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
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A muslim pilgrim`s child casts stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," a rite of the annual hajj, the Islamic faith`s most holy pilgrimage, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims hug each other as they celebrate after casting stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
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Muslim pilgrims hug each other as they celebrate after casting stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," a rite of the annual hajj, the Islamic faith`s most holy pilgrimage,in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," a rite of the annual hajj, the Islamic faith`s most holy pilgrimage, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

This aerial image made from a helicopter shows tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims moving around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.
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This aerial image made from a helicopter shows tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims moving around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

This aerial image made from a helicopter shows tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims moving around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.
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This aerial image made from a helicopter shows tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims moving around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque, during the annual Hajj in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," a rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

A crowd of Muslim pilgrims make their way to throw stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
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A crowd of Muslim pilgrims make their way to throw stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.