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Journey to Mecca: Photos from the Annual Hajj Pilgrimage

India | Reuters | August 14, 2019, 11:10 am
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 Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Muslim pilgrims touch the golden door of the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

Muslim pilgrims touch the golden door of the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 A pilgrim cries after she casts stones at a pillar in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, on the third day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

A pilgrim cries after she casts stones at a pillar in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, on the third day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 In this picture taken with slow shutter speed, Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

In this picture taken with slow shutter speed, Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslim pilgrims pray as they watch thousands of pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

Muslim pilgrims pray as they watch thousands of pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslim pilgrims read copies of the Quran at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

Muslim pilgrims read copies of the Quran at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Saudi security officials monitor screens connected to surveillance cameras at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Saudi security officials monitor screens connected to surveillance cameras at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Pilgrims pray near the Al-Safa mountain, at the Grand Mosque, during the Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

Pilgrims pray near the Al-Safa mountain, at the Grand Mosque, during the Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Saudi Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif arrives a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Saudi Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif arrives a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

Members of Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: Reuters)

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