Bullet Baba - The Man- The Machine- The Temple

While en route to Pali from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, is situated a temple that is dedicated to Om Banaji. We don’t advocate drink and drive but this one story has its own merits.

What’s this

Located near Chotila Village on the road to Pali from Jodhpur (about 50 kms) in Rajasthan, Om Banasthan, or the Bullet Baba Temple is a shrine dedicated to Om Banaji. Om Banaji was the son of a village leader who had died in a motorcycle accident about twenty years back. Occurrence of a series of paranormal events after his demise let the local folks to this belief, and they planted the same motorcycle as a deity on this very spot.

Bagga Ram, who was his first follower, still regularly plays the harmonium at this shrine ever since it was constructed. Though, away from habitation, this shrine regularly sees a steady flow of visitors which mostly consist of trucks, buses and cab drivers who offer small prayers and liquor offerings while passing by.

Situated along the busy Pali-Jodhpur highway, the shrine has now developed a mini-economy with over a dozen shops selling offerings like flowers, incense, camphor, termeric, kumkum and other relative memorabilia including key-chains, necklaces, charms, rings, audio-tapes, VCDs and pictures of Om Bana.

The Real Story |

The story goes that back in 1991, on a fateful summer night, Om Bana was returning from Pali to his native Chotila on his Bullet 350 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. Local people sing folk songs in the name of Om Bana who owned the Royal Enfield. The cause of his death, 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.

As they say, “God’s is every one of us”. This one time, God’s was riding a Bullet!!!

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