2 million pilgrims reach Makkah, Hajj rituals to begin from tomorrow

2 million pilgrims reach Makkah, Hajj rituals to begin from tomorrow
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Muslim worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 15, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. The hajj, expected to draw more than two million pilgrims to Mecca this year, represents a key rite of passage for Muslims and a massive logistical challenge for Saudi authorities, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites. / AFP PHOTO / Bandar Al-DANDANI

Riyadh: Over 20 lakh intending pilgrims from around the globe have reached Makkah Mukarrama to perform the Holy pilgrimage. Hajj rituals will begin from Sunday. Pilgrims will leave for Mina early in the morning on Sunday. Hajj is the largest religious gathering of the world. According to Saudi Arabian Minister for Hajj and Umrah a high standard service plan has been prepared in the light of the directions of Khadimul Haramain Sharifain, Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pilgrims can report their grievances to the ministry. The ministry has set up welcome centres at all the entrances in Makkah and Madina where over 1800 men and women have been deployed.