Motorcycle Baba or Bullet Baba Shrine is a trending topic among youths nowadays. As the biker’s tribe grew in India, unexplored places were being explored.
Jodhpur is famous for antique elements, footwear, red chilies, and traditional men’s and women’s wear.
I came across this place while traveling from Jodhpur to Kankani.
Village Bandai in Jodhpur is equally renowned for “Motorcycle Baba,” where people worship a Motorcycle by offering incense sticks, flowers, coconut, liquor, petrol, red thread, and sweets. Besides, An eternal flame is kept at the Shrine.
Story of Om Banna Temple
A fellow traveler suggested visiting Om Banna Temple, hardly half an hour’s journey from Kankani. Om Banna temple is popularly known as “Shri Om Banna” and “Bullet Baba” temple and is devoted to a god in the form of a motorcycle.
It is located 20 km from Pali and 53 km from Jodphur on the Pali-Jodhpur highway, near Chotila village of Jodhpur.
Devotees and Travellers turn up every day to pray for a safe journey.
The motorcycle is a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet, Number – RNJ 7773.
On 2nd December 1991, Om Banna (Om Singh Rathore) traveled from Bagdi village to Chotila.
Om Banna lost control of the motorcycle and dashed a tree. He died on the spot, and the bike went into a deep ditch.
The investigation was carried out the following day, and the motorcycle was returned to the nearby police station.
The motorcycle is a 350cc old Royal Enfield Bullet Number – RNJ 7773.
The bike was registered as per Rajasthan State’s terms with a unique number in the research.
The mystery starts the next day The Royal Enfield Bullet Number – RNJ 7773 was found again in the same spot where the accident had happened the previous day.
In shock, police again took the motorcycle to the police station and placed it in a lockup by emptying the vehicle’s fuel.
The following day, it was reported to have mysteriously disappeared from the station.
The mystery continued very often, it became a country talk, and this incident grabbed the international attention of the motorcycle being found again in the same accident area.
The old age people eye-witnessed the motorcycle returning very often to the same accident spot. However, after a particular time, the police were frustrated and stopped bringing back the bike.
The local people started eye-witnessing these unnatural acts and worshipping the “Bullet Bike.”
The villagers named it a miracle and erected the idol, making people pray in the temple. People believe Om Banna’s spirit helps distressed travelers.
The motorcycle was moved permanently to the exact location, and the “Om Baba Temple” was constructed.
Every day many passers-by come to offer their prayers. However, people believe that the spirit of Om Banna is to protect travelers.