India is a land where you’ll not only see gods being worshipped but even trees and animals. But, I bet you’ve never seen a motorbike being worshipped, have you? Say what? That was my reaction too when I first discovered this strange but true fact.
Believe it or not but at the Om Banna Temple, the motorbike is worshipped as a deity! No wonder, it left me amazed as I stood wide-mouthed seeing a tall, black Royal Enfield Bullet ornamented with flower garlands and shielded in a glass box.
Located in the Pali district of Chotila Village, almost 50 kilometres from Jodhpur, this temple is the star attraction for a traveller crossing National Highway 65 in Pali. Hundreds of people come here every day to offer liquor and pray for a safe journey.
I am not making this up, as it is one of the most awestruck places where every rider visit. There are many stories heard about this place but the most famous are the appearance of the motorbike at the accident spot. Police emptied the tank still next day bike was found lying at the accident spot. Soon locals started worshipping the motorbike. Soon the place came to known as Bullet baba. Strange?
The Royal Enfield bike is encased in a glass box.What caught my striking attention was the sight of devotees offering alcohol to the bust of Om Banna. Believers of Om Banna make a wish at the temple and return on fulfillment to offer Om Banna a bottle of alcohol. Surely, one weird ritual!
But one issue is certain In Asian nation Royal Enfield is worshiped.