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Prataat Nakorn Panom

Prataat Nakorn Panom  

In 2408 BE, the Sacred Relic Chedi at Nakorn Panom fell down and crumbled to rubble. This was an event which left Faithful Buddhists and devotees of the sacred Chedi in both Thailand and neighboring countries shocked and saddened at the event. shortly after it happened, some agents from the academy of traditional arts and some officers from the municipality came to search for valuable remnants of   GRU    the disaster in the ruins, of the Chedi, which had housed an array of sacred objects and amulets, including many which Somdej Dto Prohmrangsri had placed there in 2408. The abbot of Wat Prataat Nakorn Panom, ‘Pra Tamma Raachaanuwat’, ordered part of the ruins to be used to build the new replacement Chedi, and some parts to be kept as relics in the Museum at the temple. As to the amulets and Buddha statues which had been placed there in the Gru of the original Chedi, which were now scattered around in the ruins of the fallen Chedi, (especially the ones which Somdej Dto Prohmrangsri had buried there), they were  kept by the abbot and given to faithful devotees who came and made offerings. The amulets were never sold or advertized as existing, and thus, they are not known by most people as ar the other editions of Somdej Amulets made by LP Dto Prohmrangsri! But they are in fact real authentic LP Dto Prohmrangsri Wat Rakang amulets.

In the year 2407, King Rama 4 elected Somdej Drto as the officially empowered agent to go and inspect the ruins of the Chedi and see if it was possible to repair and restore the Chedi to its original state, but it was concluded that this was not possible due to the massive damage which had occurred. So it was decided that a new chedi must be constructed, and that the Chedi should also once again be filled with amulets in the Gru according to Thai Mystic traditions. In addition, The great arahant Pra Maha Gassapa Thaera had placed relics from the Lord Buddha in the Chedi, for devotees of the Buddha to Bucha. King Rama 4 was informed of this fact, and it was thus ordered that the new Chedi should be finished in 2408. The amulets for placement in the Gru of the Chedi wer begun to be made in 2407, and 84 thousand Somdej amulets and Buddha statues were made, in order to be ready in time to be placed in the Chedi upon completion. The tradition of Somdej amulet creation entails that exactly 84 thousand examples be made (the same number as the suttas of the tripitaka Buddhist Canon).

As other members of the Sangha and elected officials in surrounding regions and countries became aware of the event, it came to pass that varius Masters and officialos from various regions and countries came and offered selected valuable and powerful substances to donate to Somdej Dto for the making of the amulets. Amongst the ingredients were found;

Precious stones in raw form (unpolished uncut), gold and other minerals and elements, Buddha relics, beads from the Twawarawadee era. Somdej Dto took these substances recieved from Burma, Khmer kingdom and Laos, and used them to mix the Muan Sarn for the amulets (along with mashed up pieces of the original chedi and broken artifacts which had been destroyed in the event.

The list of ingredients used in the Muan Sarn is as follows;

1. Cement and sand, stones from the broken original Chedi mashed up into powder, (considered an essentially sacred element of the Gru Prataat Panom amulets.

2. Raw precious and semi precious stones in green. red, yellow, light blue, ground up.

3.Gold Mineral ore, which LP Dto then had ground into a powder (this is called ‘Pong Dtabai Tong).

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