Kashmir pilgrims begin their Hajj pilgrimage [Photos]

The hajj pilgrimage, which is among the five pillars of Islam, attracts around three million Muslims worldwide each year.

FP Staff August 10, 2016 22:37:12 IST
A Kashmiri Muslim pilgrim, right, is greeted by relatives and neighbours as she leaves for the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Srinagar on Wednesday. The hajj pilgrimage, which is among the five pillars of Islam, attracts around three million Muslims worldwide each year. AP
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A Kashmiri Muslim pilgrim, right, is greeted by relatives and neighbours as she leaves for the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Srinagar on Wednesday. The hajj pilgrimage, which is among the five pillars of Islam, attracts around three million Muslims worldwide each year. AP
As the birthplace of Islam and custodian of its holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia has long attracted millions of the faithful for the annual hajj and year-round minor pilgrimages. AP
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As the birthplace of Islam and custodian of its holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia has long attracted millions of the faithful for the annual hajj and year-round minor pilgrimages. AP
A Kashmiri Muslim pilgrim, left, is given a farewell kiss by a relative as he leaves for the hajj pilgrimage. The Hajj is a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. AP
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A Kashmiri Muslim pilgrim, left, is given a farewell kiss by a relative as he leaves for the hajj pilgrimage. The Hajj is a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. AP
Family members of a Kashmiri Muslim pilgrim wait outside the closed gate of a hajj house as they wait to send him off for the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. AP
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Family members of a Kashmiri Muslim pilgrim wait outside the closed gate of a hajj house as they wait to send him off for the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. AP
Kashmiri Muslim pilgrims leave for the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. The hajj pilgrimage, which is among the five pillars of Islam, attracts around 3 million Muslims worldwide each year. AP
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Kashmiri Muslim pilgrims leave for the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. The hajj pilgrimage, which is among the five pillars of Islam, attracts around 3 million Muslims worldwide each year. AP