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Rath Yatra Festival, Bangladesh

September 30

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Enthusiastic devotees take part in a colorful Rath Yatra procession in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. Also known as the Festival of Chariots, the Hindu celebration honors a mid-summer chariot journey made by Lord Jagannath.

Photographing in his hometown, Your Shot contributor Md Rafayat Haque Khan wanted to capture the essence of the festival in a single frame. To get this shot, Khan went to the top of a three-story building as devotees pulling raths, or holy carts, arrived in time for an afternoon prayer. “I got a vantage point for capturing this awesome moment,” Khan says. “It seemed to me I was seeing a wave of devoted souls coming row by row to get blessings from the Jagannath.”

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