ISLAMABAD (APP) – A ceremony to wash the Holy Kaaba was held on Sunday by Emir of Makkah region Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

The Kaaba washing is an elaborate tradition which takes place twice a year. “We wash the Kaaba from the inside using 45 liters of scented Zamzam water,” said the main caretaker of the Kaaba, Sheikh Saleh Bin Zainalabdeen Al-Shaibi, who opens the door of the Kaaba for the washing right after dawn prayers, Saudi Gazette reported.

He said the walls of the Kaaba from inside are three meters high and the ceiling is covered with green silken cloth.

“We also wash the Maqam Ibrahim, where the footprints of Prophet Ibrahim (R.A) are imprinted. We clean the Maqam using scented Zamzam water. It takes us four hours to clean it from inside and outside,” said Al-Shaibi.