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Celebrating fasting festival

Devotees attend prayer with burning incense and light oil lamps before break fasting during a religious festival called Rakher Upobash or Kartik Brati in Narayanganj, Bangladesh on November 05, 2019. Bengali people of the Hindu faith in Bangladesh sit in prayer celebrating the 18th century Hindu Saint Baba Lokenath with a 'Rakher Upobas' prayer and fast day 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 Narayanganj, Bangladesh. Faithful sit in front of candles light ( named locally as Prodip ) and absorb in prayer. Lokenath Brahmachari who is called Baba Lokenath was an 18th Century Hindu saint and philosopher in Bengal. Hindu worshipers fast and pray in earnest to the gods for their favors during the traditional ritual called Kartik Brati or Rakher Upobash. Lokenath Brahmachari devotees pray with light to save their family and dear from cholera and pox disease.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Narayanganj, Bangladesh
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Azim Khan Ronnie