Om Banna

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Om Banna
Om Bana sthan, near Chotila village, Pali, Rajasthan.jpg
Om Banna shrine
RegionRajasthan, India

Om Banna (also called Shri Om Banna and Bullet Baba[1]) is a shrine located in Pali district near Jodhpur, India, devoted to a deity in the form of a motorcycle.[2] It is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Pali and 53 kilometres (33 mi) away from Jodphur on the Pali-Jodhpur highway, near Chotila village. The motorcycle is a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet RNJ 7773.

Hundreds of devotees turn up every day to pray for a safe journey.[3][4]

History[edit]

On 2 December 1988, Om Banna (formerly known as Om Singh Rathore; banna, a honorary word used for Rajput youth)[3] was travelling from the town of Bangdi near Sanderao of Pali, to Chotila, when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree. He died on the spot whereas the motorcycle fell into a nearby ditch. The morning after the accident, local police took the motorcycle to a nearby police station. The next day it was reported to have mysteriously disappeared from the station and was found back at the site of the incident.[5] Police, once again, took the motorcycle, this time emptying its fuel tank and putting it under lock and key. Despite their efforts, the next morning it again disappeared and was found at the accident site. Legend says that the motorcycle kept returning to the same ditch. It thwarted every attempt by police to keep it at the local police station; the motorcycle always returned to the same spot before dawn.

This came to be seen as a miracle by local population, and they began to worship the "Bullet Bike." News of the miracle motorcycle spread to nearby villages, and later they 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 travellers.

Om Banna's Bullet Bike (Bullet Banna)

Worship[edit]

Every day nearby villagers and travelers stop and pray to the bike and its late owner Om Singh Rathore. Those who pass by stop to bow their heads leave offerings in honour of the helpful spirit, and some drivers also offer small bottles of alcohol at the site.[6] It is said that a person who does not stop to pray at the shrine is in for a dangerous journey. Devotees also apply the 'tilak' mark and tie a red thread on the motorbike. Local people sing folk songs in the name of Om Banna. [7]

The tree that caused Om Banna's death remains ornamented with offering of bangles, scarves,etc.

Offerings include Incense sticks, flowers, coconut, liquor, red thread and sweets. An eternal flame is kept at the shrine.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DelhiAugust 6, Dishank Purohit New; August 6, 2015UPDATED; Ist, 2015 16:29. "From Bullet Baba to Whiskey devi, 6 unusual temples in India". India Today. Retrieved 26 March 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Sharma, Anil (September 2010). "Rev up those prayers at Bullet Banna's". Overseas Indian.
  3. ^ a b "A prayer for drunk rider, shrine for his bike". Indian Express. 25 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Bullet Baba's temple in Rajasthan". India Tribune.
  5. ^ "OM Bana's Bullet 350cc A Highway legend". DriveSpark. 3 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Bullet Baba's Temple in Jodhpur where People worship 350 cc Bullet". amazingindiablog.in. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "The legend of 'Bullet Baba', a motorcycle revered as saviour of troubled travellers". Deccan Chronicle. 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ Om Banna History at Jai Rajputana Website

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