Wednesday, June 3, 2009

8. Somdej Toh - Wat Rakang, Bangkok

Phra somdej

Centre Phra somdaj 140 years Left Phra soomkor 600 years Right Phra nangpaya 500 years

Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh Phrom-rangsri or Somdej Toh. He's a son of King Rama II and Nang Ngud of Kamphaengphet Province. He was born before his father became King. Somdej Toh ordained as a novice monk at an age of 13 and become a monk at 21. Well-versed in Buddhist teachings, he was named Maha Toh, the King's monk. In the reign of King Rama IV, he was made Abbot of Wat Rakang-kositaram. He was promoted continuously and finally received the title of Somdej Phra Puttajarn Toh in 1872. The venurable monk was known to be a good speaker as well as a highly intelligent and compassionate person. He was also persistent and patient. He made many Buddha images for temples and most particularly 73 models of Phra Somdej. He also built many temples. At present PhraSomdej WatRakhang is number 1 and the most famous of all Thailand amulets.

Somdej Toh - statue 6 inches (Rent out)

Wat Rakang temple

Phra somdej buddhajarn toh 130 years

1.Pim yai 2.Pim jay dee 3.Pim tarn sam 4.Pim sen dai 5. Gade chai yoh pim yai

Phra Somdej Watrakhang amulets created in an image of Lord Buddha meditate by Somdej Puttajarn Toh from WatRakhang Kositararm. The amulets are the most powerful chanted of all. Somdej Toh have been studied from many great guru monks in the past. Many thing he have learned and one of them is how to create "Itti Vattu" ( Powerful bless/chant things ) are the amulets. By chanting Buddha Katha Mantra, Spells , Write on with Number of Yans include the power of meditate. The right way of consecrate which made the amulets have power of protection against evils/darkness or negative energy. This is how Somdej Toh made these amulets, first is to write with Yans number then chanted with spells and then the last is to do meditate ( Chant with spell while meditate ).( The amulets that chant by Yarn of Meditate will very hard to loose the power ). The reason Somdej Toh made these amulets in the purpose to explan the Dharma of Buddha, to bless every life in this world for good karma. Those who have these amulets for respect/pray are very well bless because Somdej Toh didn't create them to feed his life. In short time Phra Somdej amulets become very famous more than any other thailand amulets. The "First Phra Somdej" created when Somdej Toh visited Phratabong Province of Cambudia, there are one supremacy of Cambudia who have well respect to Somdej Toh. He asked him to create one amulets for his protection from any danger and for pray, also to remind him of Somdej Toh. Once Somdej Toh is back to Wat Rakhang, he started to make Phra Somdej amulets in B.E.2409. Somdej Toh design to made Phra Somdej amulets with an amount of 84,000 amulets. Materials for making Phra somdejs comprise : Shell lime , Phong Vises (holy powder, ittijay, eaynisinghay), assorted flowers from shine, rice remains after his consumption, lotus, ashes from incense urns, honey, tang oil, etc. the surface skin of the amulets were shattered, then Somdej Toh use mixed with banana. Then mixed with tang oil by advise from Luang Vijarnjearanai the palace gold smith of King Rama 4th make the skin look perfect. The later batch are all mixed with tang oil alway. The very first molds are made from his cousin "Teath" and villager from Barn Changlor, thus the molds not beautiful and not satisfy by Luang Vijarnjearanai. He create the molds for Somdej Toh in later times. The first batch of Phra Somdej are not beautiful and most are broken or surface skin shatter, also very rare in present. For the molds which made by Luang Vijarnjearanai are Pim Phrapatarn (Pim Yai), Pim Jaydee, Pim Tarnsam, Pim Katebuatoom, Pim Prokboh, Pim Sunkathi, Pim Sendai, Pim Tarnkoo and Somdej To his own mold called Pim Auckruit. These are original Phra Somdej. ( Pim = Type ) The later pim come out in different time and people give them different name like Pim Kaizer ( When King Rama5th visit King Kaizer of Germany ) , Pim Guanyu ( Red skin somdej which give only to military and warfield soldiers, thai soldiers those visit china ), Pim Jawragar ( The black skin somdej which very famous with all 5 set Black Benjapakee these include another 4 amulets ) Jawragar = Black. For Phra Somdej amulets the most famous bless/chant way is his holy powders (Phong viset) which still can't find any even or above his level, and still at present many amulets create alway include this ingredients. Phra Somdej that the power alway stay strong, the chanter need to success "Vicha Mayarith" and "Samathi Pararith" knowledge use the power of meditate to chant Yans number to alive. These way make genuine "Phra Somdej". PhraSomdej created by Somdej Toh Promarangsri is the most famous and the best amulets from Thailand, the amulet bless strong protection and great fortune to the wearer.

Somdej Toh Statue (b.e.2545) $ 68

Phra somdaj -Wat rakrang (b.e. 2537) $ 118

Somdaj (b.e. 2545) $ 108

Somdaj (b.e. 2545) $ 78

Somdej Toh Wat Rakang b.e.2552 S$58, S$68

 Somdej Toh Wat Rakang b.b.2537 S$68

 Somdej Toh Wat Rakang b.e.2537 S$208

Somdej Toh Wat Rakang b.e.2545 S$68

Somdej Toh Wat Rakang b.e.2523 S$278

Somdej Toh Wat Rakang b.e.2533 S$218