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During Kartik, “the holiest month” beginning every year with the new moon in November, thousands of Hindu devotees celebrate the feast of Rakher Upobash, fasting and praying the gods sitting before the Shri Shri Lokanath Brahmachari Ashram, among the Swami Bagh Temple near Dhaka, Bangladesh. The worshippers offer candles called Prodip, meditate, give to charity, and generally perform austerity. Devotees women prepare for the celebration. Barodi, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov. 11, 2014