Thousands of Pilgrims Praying in Front of the Taj Mahal



Image: Muslim pilgrims at prayer image from Bigstock

Even the sea of people is symmetrical.

Despite, or perhaps because, of the sense of claustrophobia they evoke, images of huge crowds are always fascinating. Even more mesmerizing still are those occasions when tens of thousands of people gather together in an act of devotion. The peaceful multitude shown here has gathered for the annual Eid celebrations in India. With the staggering backdrop of India’s Taj Mahal, these spellbinding images make for some truly unforgettable viewing.


Image: Islamic prayers at the Taj Mahal image from Bigstock

Eid-ul-Fitr (often known simply as Eid) means “festivity [after] breaking the fast.” It refers to the last day of Ramadan, when the month-long pattern of fasting between dawn and sunset is broken with festivities that include prayer, charity and feasting. The Muslim holiday has its own special Islamic prayer (salah), which consists of various parts and is usually held in a huge hall or open space. As we can see from these amazing images, thousands of worshipers choose the Taj Mahal as the setting for their Eid salah.

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