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Every year thousands of Hindu devotees gather in front of Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram temple for the Kartik Brati or Rakher Upobash religious festival in Barodi, Naryanganj, Bangladesh. During this religious festival, known as Kartik Brati, Hindus fast and offer prayers by lighting oil lamps and candles. Throughout the country, thousands of devotees also visit temples to pray for good health.

Lokenath Brahmachari, called Baba Lokenath, was an 18th Century Hindu saint and philosopher in Bengal. Hindu worshipers fast and pray in earnest to the gods for blessings and good health during the traditional ritual called Kartik Brati or Rakher Upobash.

This photo essay explores different rituals, activities, expressions, and emotions in the Rakher Upobash Festival.

Rakher Upobash

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