Bullet Baba - The motorcycle that is worshipped
The title must have left you wondering about the story, isn't it? Yes, you read it correct! There is a motorcycle, a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet numbered RNJ7773, that is treated like a God and worshipped by people.
Also known as Om Banna shrine, it is located in the Pali district near Jodhpur, Rajasthan on the Pali-Jodhpur highway in Chotila village.
There is a fascinating story behind this.
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On December 2, 1988 Om Singh Rathore, a local, was travelling from Bangdi town to Pali where his Bullet bike crashed near Chotila Village. He died on the spot and his motorcycle fell into a ditch. When police was investigating the cause of death, they brought the bike to the Police Station. Surprisingly, the bike was missing the next morning and was found back at the ditch! This time the police got it back to the station, emptied the fuel tank and chained it with locks. To everyone's shock, the bike was again missing the next morning.
And you guessed it right, it was found in the same ditch again.
This story spread in the village like fire and people started believing that it still has the soul of Om Singh Rathore. Eventually, the bike was brought to the Chotila village and a temple was built for it. People started worshipping it as the 'Bullet Bike' and the temple is known as "Bullet Baba's temple".
Everyday nearby villagers and travellers bow their heads and give offerings like sweets, incense sticks, flowers and liquor to the temple. Travellers believe that any journey without paying a visit to the temple may be dangerous and result in some accident.
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So next time you visit Jodhpur, do not miss this amazing temple and pay your visits to the "Bullet Baba".