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Riding with faith: Intriguing tale of Rajasthan's 'Bullet Baba' temple where a Royal Enfield is revered deity

Situated 53 kilometers before Jodhpur and 20 kilometers before Pali, in the quaint village of Chotila, the Bullet Baba Temple has gained fame for its intriguing origin story. According to local folklore, the shrine was erected at the spot where Om Singh Rathod, the son of a local village leader, met with a fatal accident in 1988.

Riding with faith: Intriguing tale of Rajasthan's 'Bullet Baba' temple where a Royal Enfield is revered deity snt
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First Published Dec 22, 2023, 5:25 PM IST

In the arid landscape of Rajasthan, amidst the vast expanse of NH62 connecting Jodhpur and Ahmedabad, stands an extraordinary shrine that draws devotees from across the country. This unique temple, popularly known as the 'Bullet Baba Temple' or 'Om Banna Shrine,' has become a pilgrimage site for riders seeking blessings for safety on the roads. The deity enshrined here is not a traditional god but a 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle with the distinctive registration number RNJ 7773.

Situated 53 kilometers before Jodhpur and 20 kilometers before Pali, in the quaint village of Chotila, the Bullet Baba Temple has gained fame for its intriguing origin story. According to local folklore, the shrine was erected at the spot where Om Singh Rathod, the son of a local village leader, met with a fatal accident in 1988.

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After Om Singh Rathod's tragic demise, the local police took possession of his Bullet bike, but to everyone's amazement, the motorcycle mysteriously reappeared at the accident site the very next day. This mysterious recurrence baffled the authorities as the bike seemed to defy the laws of reason by repeatedly returning to the scene of the accident. The unexplained events led the villagers to believe that Om Singh Rathod's spirit was sending a message, and thus, the Bullet Baba Temple was born.

The temple has become a place of reverence for bikers and travelers, especially those embarking on journeys along NH62. Many visit the shrine after purchasing a new bike, seeking the blessings of the Bullet Baba for a safe and smooth journey. Women also frequent the temple, praying for the well-being and safety of their husbands on the roads.

The temple complex includes a tree where devotees tie red threads, symbolizing their faith in Bullet Baba's protective powers. Local villagers firmly believe that Om Banna's spirit watches over travelers, keeping them safe from accidents. The shrine has become a testament to the cultural amalgamation of reverence and road safety awareness.

The Bullet Baba Temple has not only become a spiritual landmark but also a symbol of social responsibility. Devotees often contribute to the shrine, with some users recalling instances of donating helmets when purchasing new vehicles. The temple's unique narrative has resonated with riders, fostering a sense of respect and responsibility on the roads.

The Bullet Baba Temple stands as a testament to the cultural richness and spiritual diversity of India. In a region known for its traditional temples, this shrine stands out as a unique blend of folklore, faith, and road safety awareness. As devotees continue to flock to this extraordinary temple, it remains a symbol of the profound connections that can emerge between communities, belief systems, and the shared experience of the open road.

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