Well it has been a while since I have wrote about my current travels. I have really been enjoying India, I guess after a while , although everything is interesting, it now takes a bit more for me to feel as though it is interesting enough to write about. Well here is my recent experience at the Bullet Baba temple , for a person such as me who loves motorbikes,,, how can you help but not appreciate a temple to one?
I happened to read about the Bullet Baba, the bike temple in Pali, which is about 50 kms from Jodhpur. It invoked my fancy when I learned that it is a temple for bullet lovers and the deity of that Shrine is a motorcycle. I decided to visit the temple with my friend and we set off for a road trip to visit Bullet Baba.
The history behind this off beat temple goes like this – Om Bannaji, the son of a prominent village leader died in a motorcycle accident many years back. After his demise, there was a series of paranormal happenings in and around the village and the local people decided to turn that spot into a place of worship by planting the same bullet and an idol of Om Banna.
When we reached there, I was taken aback by the series of rituals and worships performed by the local people. The temple is a small space attached to a tree and there was a priest who was performing a service or puja. The devotees were seen doing the divine Indian act of libation on the idol. To my utter astonishment, I realized that the people were offering bullet brand beer for libation. Until then, I was skeptical about the whole idea of worshiping a motorcycle. But visualizing the events one by one made me perplexed. Devotees circled the bullet and offered beer. Other kind of offering at the temple was clamoring of horns.
Like any other temples, this one also offers prasad or religious offering of a food material to be consumed by worshipers. Interestingly, that was home brewed liquor. I could see many booze shops nearby this temple and shops offering exclusive bullet baba merchandise. The entire experience of bullet mandir left me speechless and made me rethink about the essence of spirituality that existed among various Indian communities.
If you are traveling through Jodhpur, then you should take a few hours to visit this rare and one-of-its-kind marvel at the Pali-Jodhpur highway. The visual treat at this place is sure to strike a chord with you. If you cannot stop by the temple, then blow the horn as an offering to baba.
As I was on my way, I sat back on my Royal Enfield, and wondered if maybe I could make a shrine to My Bike when this great trip is over.. 😉