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|Om Banna (Bullet Baba)|
Om Banna shrine
Om Banna (also called Om Bana and Bullet Baba) is a shrine located in Pali district near Jodhpur, India, devoted to a deity in the form of a motorcycle. It is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Pali and 50 kilometres (31 mi) away from Jodphur on the Pali-Jodhpur highway, near Chotila village. The motorcycle is a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet.
In 1988, Om banna (formerly known as Om Singh Rathore)  was traveling from the town of Pali to Chotila when he lost control of his bullet motorcycle and struck a tree. Om banna was killed instantly in the accident, his motorcycle falling into a nearby ditch. The morning after the accident, local police took the fallen motorcycle to a nearby police station. Miraculously, the next day it disappeared from the station and was found back at the site of the accident.  Police, once again, took the motorcycle, this time putting it under lock and chain to prevent its removal. Despite their efforts, the next morning it again disappeared and was found at the accident site.
Legend states that the motorcycle kept returning to the same ditch though its gas tank was empty. It thwarted every attempt by police to keep it at the local police station; the motorcycle was always returned to the same spot before dawn.
This came to be seen as a miracle by local townsfolk and they henceforth began to worship the “Bullet Bike.” News of the miracle motorcycle spread to nearby villages and the townsfolk built a temple to worship it. This temple is known as “Bullet Baba’s Temple”. It is believed that Om banna’s spirit helps distressed travelers. The temple includes a tree ornamented with offerings of bangles, scarves and rope. Those who pass by stop to bow their heads in honor of the helpful spirit and leave an offering. For the past twenty years, the temple has been maintained by Poonam Girl where she has acted as priest.
Pali (Rajasthan), Sep 8 It's a shrine dedicated to the Motorbike Devta, also called Bullet Baba. The deity is indeed a motorcycle and such is faith that hundreds of devotees turn up every day to pray for a safe journey.
The unlikely shrine near Chotila village, around 20 km away from Pali en route to Jodhpur on the highway, has a Royal Enfield 350 cc motorbike, called a Bullet, as its deity.
It's hard to miss the din of pilgrims here. Every day nearby villagers and travellers stop and pray to the bike and its late owner Om Singh. The temple beside the Enfield motorbike has a big picture of Singh, fondly known as Om Bana.
It is said that a person who does not stop to pray at the shrine is in for a dangerous journey.
The story goes that about 21 years ago, on a fateful summer night, Om Bana was returning from Pali to his native Chotila on his bike when it skidded and hit a tree, killing him on the spot.
The tree stands over the battered vehicle till date. Villagers say after Om Bana's death, the motorbike was taken to a local police station. But next day morning, it was found at the accident spot.
Police initially thought it was a prank and after emptying the fuel tank they brought the bike back to the station. However, the motorcycle was again at the accident spot the next day.
"As soon as the story spread, people in the nearby village built a platform on the spot where the death occurred and started offering prayers," said Chotu Singh, a resident of the nearby village.
The temple has a priest who manages daily affairs. Many shops offering incense sticks, flowers, coconut and red thread meant for offering prayers have sprung up near the shrine.
Local people sing folk songs in the name of Om Bana who owned the Royal Enfield.
Travellers, especially drivers of vehicles that pass by, offer prayers at the site, which is almost in the middle of the road.
Some drivers also offer a small bottle of country liquor at the site, praying for a safe journey. "Whenever I pass this area, I never forget to light incense sticks, offer liquor and lie prostrate in reverence," said Jagdish Singh, a taxi driver.
Devotees also apply the 'tilak' mark and tie a red thread on the motorbike.
"Villagers here believe Bana's spirit still hovers around the place and they can hear the Royal Enfield rev up at night," said Hem Singh Rajput, the resident of a nearby village.
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