|Om Singh Rathore (Om Banna)|
Om Banna is shrine near Jodhpur, India, devoted to a motorcycle god, also called Bullet Baba. It is located 50 km away from Jodphur on the highway to Pali, near Chotila village. The bike is a Royal Enfield Bullet 350.
Om Singh Rathore came from the influential Rathore family of Chotila. In 1988, on the way from Pali to Chotila, he drove into a tree and his motorcycle fell into a ditch which killed him on the spot. The motorcycle was seized by the local police and taken to the police station but was found the next morning at the accident spot. The bike was seized and taken back to Police station again where it was locked and chained, but it was found at the same place next morning again. The legend says that the bike without fail made it out of the police station even when the fuel tank was allegedly emptied. It is popularly believed that no matter what the policemen did Om Bana's Bullet returned to the accident site before dawn. This was seen as a godly miracle by the people who continue to worship the Bullet Bike still.
The news spread and people from villages in the area built a memorial — a temple to worship the Bullet motorcycle. This temple is known as "Bullet Baba's temple" and commoners believe that even after his death Om Bana helps distressed passers-by. Travellers who pass by stop for a while to bow their heads at Bullet Baba's feet.
The tree itself remains ornamented with offerings of bangles, scarves and rope. The temple even has its own priest, Poonam Giri, who has been in charge of the upkeep of the shrine for two decades.
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