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People Worship Royal Enfield's Bike At This Unusual Shrine & The God Here Is Called 'Bullet Baba'

Anshu Awasthi | Last Modified - Dec 21, 2016, 02:02 PM IST

There is a temple situated in Jodhpur, where devotees pray to a Royal Enfield's Bullet, apparently seeking blessings for a safe journey.
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    Om Banna shrine, Rajasthan
    India is definitely incredible. What makes us say so this time? This temple in Rajasthan where people pray to a motorcycle. Yes, you heard right. There is a temple situated in Pali, Jodhpur, where devotees numbering hundreds turn up each day to pray for a safe journey and reportedly make an offering of liquor to a 350cc Royal Enfield bike.

    The history of this temple goes back to the year 1991, when Om Singh Rathore alias Om Banna, son of a village leader was killed in an accident while driving his Bullet motorcycle. He had hit a tree and was killed. The motorcycle was seized by the local police, and was taken to the police station. However, to everyone’s surprise, the bike was found again on the same accident spot the next day.
    The police again took the bike to the police station and chained it heavily. But all their efforts were in vain as the bike was seen again on the same spot the next morning (some claim it was after six months). Following this, Om Banna's bike became the idol at this temple or shrine, and Om Banna himself became popular as Bullet Baba. People offer beer at this shrine while crossing the Pali-Jodhpur highway, and do not honk in the vicinity out of respect!
    The tree against which the bike hit is also a part of the shrine. It is adorned with offerings of bangles, scarves and rope. What's more, the shrine has a full time priest, that takes care of the bike.
    Click on to see the image of Bullet Baba and more pictures of this unusual shrine...
  • Bullet Baba
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    Bullet Baba
    India is definitely incredible. What makes us say so this time? This temple in Rajasthan where people pray to a motorcycle. Yes, you heard right. There is a temple situated in Pali, Jodhpur, where devotees numbering hundreds turn up each day to pray for a safe journey and reportedly make an offering of liquor to a 350cc Royal Enfield bike.

    The history of this temple goes back to the year 1991, when Om Singh Rathore alias Om Banna, son of a village leader was killed in an accident while driving his Bullet motorcycle. He had hit a tree and was killed. The motorcycle was seized by the local police, and was taken to the police station. However, to everyone’s surprise, the bike was found again on the same accident spot the next day.
    The police again took the bike to the police station and chained it heavily. But all their efforts were in vain as the bike was seen again on the same spot the next morning (some claim it was after six months). Following this, Om Banna's bike became the idol at this temple or shrine, and Om Banna himself became popular as Bullet Baba. People offer beer at this shrine while crossing the Pali-Jodhpur highway, and do not honk in the vicinity out of respect!
    The tree against which the bike hit is also a part of the shrine. It is adorned with offerings of bangles, scarves and rope. What's more, the shrine has a full time priest, that takes care of the bike.
    Click on to see the image of Bullet Baba and more pictures of this unusual shrine...
  • Om Banna shrine
    +4 See more slides
    Om Banna shrine
    India is definitely incredible. What makes us say so this time? This temple in Rajasthan where people pray to a motorcycle. Yes, you heard right. There is a temple situated in Pali, Jodhpur, where devotees numbering hundreds turn up each day to pray for a safe journey and reportedly make an offering of liquor to a 350cc Royal Enfield bike.

    The history of this temple goes back to the year 1991, when Om Singh Rathore alias Om Banna, son of a village leader was killed in an accident while driving his Bullet motorcycle. He had hit a tree and was killed. The motorcycle was seized by the local police, and was taken to the police station. However, to everyone’s surprise, the bike was found again on the same accident spot the next day.
    The police again took the bike to the police station and chained it heavily. But all their efforts were in vain as the bike was seen again on the same spot the next morning (some claim it was after six months). Following this, Om Banna's bike became the idol at this temple or shrine, and Om Banna himself became popular as Bullet Baba. People offer beer at this shrine while crossing the Pali-Jodhpur highway, and do not honk in the vicinity out of respect!
    The tree against which the bike hit is also a part of the shrine. It is adorned with offerings of bangles, scarves and rope. What's more, the shrine has a full time priest, that takes care of the bike.
    Click on to see the image of Bullet Baba and more pictures of this unusual shrine...
  • Devotee tying holy thread
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    Devotee tying holy thread
    India is definitely incredible. What makes us say so this time? This temple in Rajasthan where people pray to a motorcycle. Yes, you heard right. There is a temple situated in Pali, Jodhpur, where devotees numbering hundreds turn up each day to pray for a safe journey and reportedly make an offering of liquor to a 350cc Royal Enfield bike.

    The history of this temple goes back to the year 1991, when Om Singh Rathore alias Om Banna, son of a village leader was killed in an accident while driving his Bullet motorcycle. He had hit a tree and was killed. The motorcycle was seized by the local police, and was taken to the police station. However, to everyone’s surprise, the bike was found again on the same accident spot the next day.
    The police again took the bike to the police station and chained it heavily. But all their efforts were in vain as the bike was seen again on the same spot the next morning (some claim it was after six months). Following this, Om Banna's bike became the idol at this temple or shrine, and Om Banna himself became popular as Bullet Baba. People offer beer at this shrine while crossing the Pali-Jodhpur highway, and do not honk in the vicinity out of respect!
    The tree against which the bike hit is also a part of the shrine. It is adorned with offerings of bangles, scarves and rope. What's more, the shrine has a full time priest, that takes care of the bike.
    Click on to see the image of Bullet Baba and more pictures of this unusual shrine...
  • Om Banna shrine, Rajasthan
    +4 See more slides
    Om Banna shrine, Rajasthan
    India is definitely incredible. What makes us say so this time? This temple in Rajasthan where people pray to a motorcycle. Yes, you heard right. There is a temple situated in Pali, Jodhpur, where devotees numbering hundreds turn up each day to pray for a safe journey and reportedly make an offering of liquor to a 350cc Royal Enfield bike.

    The history of this temple goes back to the year 1991, when Om Singh Rathore alias Om Banna, son of a village leader was killed in an accident while driving his Bullet motorcycle. He had hit a tree and was killed. The motorcycle was seized by the local police, and was taken to the police station. However, to everyone’s surprise, the bike was found again on the same accident spot the next day.
    The police again took the bike to the police station and chained it heavily. But all their efforts were in vain as the bike was seen again on the same spot the next morning (some claim it was after six months). Following this, Om Banna's bike became the idol at this temple or shrine, and Om Banna himself became popular as Bullet Baba. People offer beer at this shrine while crossing the Pali-Jodhpur highway, and do not honk in the vicinity out of respect!
    The tree against which the bike hit is also a part of the shrine. It is adorned with offerings of bangles, scarves and rope. What's more, the shrine has a full time priest, that takes care of the bike.
    Click on to see the image of Bullet Baba and more pictures of this unusual shrine...

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