2475 Rare Powerful Royal Crest Back Yahn Phra Somdej Halo Thai Buddha Amulet
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2475 Rare Powerful Royal Crest Back Yahn Phra Somdej Halo Thai Buddha Amulet:
2475 RARE Powerful ROYAL Crest Back Yahn Phra SOMDEJ Halo Edge Thai Buddha Amulet
Product Name:RARE Powerful Phra SOMDEJ Halo Edge Back Yahn Thai Buddha Amulet
Size:47x29 mm. Sitting in (Center) Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh Prommarangsi, (Left) LP Hai of Wat Rakang, (Right) LP Kam of Wat Amrin.
Phra Somdej Wat Rakang is probably the most famous Buddhist amulet in the whole Kingdom of Thailand. This is simply due to its sacred Buddhistic values made by a highly respected monk in the 19th century, Reverend Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh Prommarangsi of Wat Rakang Kosittaram in Bangkok. This highly revered Phra Somdej votive tablet originated from Wat Rakang "Temple of Bell" in Bangkok.
The above is another stunning Wat Rakang in excellent condition that is a 100 years old known as Ajahn Toh made in rememberance of Somdej Puttajarn Toh Prommarungsi by the temple. It consisted many original powder contents and it is very beautiful when looked closely under a magnifying loupe. Given to me as a gift by my teacher Ajahn whom is also a great collector himself.
This 7-Tiered (Jed-chan) Keschaiyo style is origin from Wat Rakang. It is also called Ajahn Toh and is at least 100 years old made for the same purpose in rememberance of Somdej Puttajarn Toh Prommarungsi.
The buddha amulet Somdej Wat Rakang was given the name as the "King of all amulets" by Tri Yampawai a master in Thai Buddhist amulets world. Tri Yampawai had classified Somdej Wat Rakang as the 1st of amulet grouping in the Grand 5 "Benjapakee". The other 4 amulet groupings are Phra Rod Maha Wan (Lam Phun), Phra Nang Phaya (Phitsanulok), Phra Sum Kaw (Khampaeng Phet), Phra Phong Suphan (Supanburi).
Front entrance of Wat Rakang
River crossing from Tha Chang jetty
Old somdej by LP Nak and LP Hin, Wat Rakang
Let us now dwell into the The History and Making of Phra Somdej Wat Rakang for the benefit and knowledge of all Simply Buy members. First and foremost, it is extremely hard to find a genuine piece of Phra Somdej Wat Rakang and not to mention about owning a genuine piece. We should feel very fortunate even if we can own a remade model with left over ingredients or remade batch which contained broken fragments of these genuine pieces. Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh passed away in 1872 and since then till now in 2011, it is 139 years. From my perspective after many years of research, should one being able to collect a Somdej Wat Rakang piece that is 100 years old, it is considered a true blessing.
There are many fakes being traded in the amulet market circle, and owning a new issued Wat Rakang Somdej is a safe choice. We would encourange every amulet enthusiasts to pay high respect to this well known votive tablet whether its old or new Phra Somdej Wat Rakang.
Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh Prommarungsee was born on 17 April 1788 in Ayuthaya Province. It is believed that he is the son of King Rama 2 of the Chakri Dynasty. He was ordained as a novice monk in 1800 at the age of 12 years old. At the age of 21 in the year 1807, he was ordained as a mond under the Royal Patronage at Wat Praseeratanasasadaram (Wat Prakeo) in Bangkok. His clerical Buddhist name is Prommarungsee. In 1864 at the age of 76 he was bestowed the Buddhist rank Somdej Praputtajarn - a prominent status of then Rattanakosin city (the predecessor of Bangkok). His tenure in the monastry began in the reign of King Rama 1 until the reign of King Rama 5, a total of 65 years. He passed away in 1872 at the age of 85.
There are a lot of Buddha amulets in Thailand but there is not even one as famous and sought after as Phra Somdej Wat Rakang made by Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh Prommarungsee. The other famous amulet also made by Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh is named Somdej Wat Bangkhunprom.
Wat Rakang B.E.2515 (100 years "Roi Pee" Commemorative)
Wat Rakang B.E.2515 (100 years commemorative of Somdej Toh)
Phra Somdej Wat Rakang was made from five kinds of sacred powders namely Pattamung, Ithije, Maharaj, Puttakun and Treenisinghe. The process starts with incantation of holy scriptures, writing sutras and holy symbols (yantra) with chalk on a slate board, erased and rewrote several hundred times over and over again. The dust gathered thus signifies the sacred powder of the ritual. This first collected powder is called Pattamung. Pattamung powder is then mixed with water to mold into a pencil shape, sun-dried and the used in writing another chapter of sutras. The process of writing and erasing is repeated as many times as stipulated in the holy sutras. The dust gathered from the second rite is Ithije. The same process is performed until all five ingredients have been collected. The ingredients of five kinds are then mixed together and added to the bulk substance which consisted of ground shells as main part, others included dried cooked rice powder, crushed banana, different kinds of pollen grains, different kinds of sacred powders, holy water and Tung oil which acted as a cement substance.
All kinds of ingredients mentioned above are thoroughly mixed in bulk. Then a small part of the ingredients is pressed into each mold made of slate (blue-grey stone). The five molds named as follows;
1. Pim Pra Pratarn or Pim Yai 2. Pim Jedee 3. Pim Gate Buatoom 4. Pim Tarnsaam 5. Pim Prokpoh
Phra Somdej Wat Rakang Phim Yai, Phim Sendai and Somdej Pilan. Photo courtesy from a Thai veteran collector cum volunteer helper in Wat Rakang.
Phra Somdej Wat Rakang of different molds were man-made in many occasions from 1867 to 1871 reaching a total of 84,000 units from the 5 molds equaling the number of the Dhamma Khanda (holy scriptures).
After each batch were made, incantation was recited alone over the amulets to be sacred as much as possible. Then they were given to persons who believed and respected on those Pra Somdej amulets. Most of Phra Somdej Wat Rakang are not kept in the pagoda except a small number was found mixed with another Phra Somdej Bangkoonprom in the pagoda of Wat Bangkhunprom in Bangkok.
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