"History of Somdej Toh" , "PhraSomdej amulets"
Somdej Puttajarn named was "Toh" with no last name ( In the past thailand don't use surname ). He was born in N.BarnGaijun T.Tarluang A.Tarruer Phra Nakhonsreayuttaya Province at 17 April B.E.2331 Thursday. In an era of King Rama 1st. He passed away at Saturday 22 June B.E.2415 which he was 85 years old. In B.E.2343 at the age of twelve, he entered the monk hood ( "Buath" ordain in thai word ) by Phra Bawornviriyatera an abbot of Wat Banglunpoon ( to enter the monk hood, alway require senior monk to do the ceremony for you ) for novice monk as below an age of 21 at Wat Intraviharn. And then in B.E.2370 again at Wat PhraSrirattanasardsadararm to be Narkluang ( the high class of monk which "buath" by Pope of thai monk etc." Archan Toh was ordained by Somdej Phra Sunkarath Sook ( "Sook" is his short name and also Archan Toh teacher, many story and his legend have been told ) at Wat Mahatath.
In B.E.2395 at age of 65 turn up to "Phra Racha Kana" at Wat Rakhang. In B.E.2397 at age of 67 have given name/class by the king to be "Phra Tummagitti". In B.E.2407 at age of 77 again by the king, he was given name/class higher to "Somdej Puttajarn" the 5th of Rattanagosin era. ( Somdej eg. Lord, Sir, Highness etc.) *Somdej Phra Sunkarath Sook is Somdej Toh's principle, one of thailand guru monk and the leader of thailand monk council.
The great King Rama 5th on his young day and Somdej Toh.
"Like to build Hugh things"
Like his name, "Toh" mean Big, Hugh in thai. Somdej Toh have builded many remembrance such as 1) "Phra Puttasaiyarth at Wat Sadue Ayuttaya Province" The biggest sleeping statue of Buddha in Thailand , builded by white lime. To remember that he was born here in Ayuttaya province. 2) "Buddha Statue doing meditate" at Wat Chaiyo in the time of King Rama 4th. Said to remember he was a teacher of dharma there. 3) "Standing Buddha statue" at Wat Intraviharn Bangkhunphom, the highest standing buddha statue in the world. Build in the time of King Rama 4th around B.E.2410 but still not finish, Somdej Toh have passed away in B.E.2415. As remembrance Somdej Toh grow up here. 4) 2 of Sleep Jaydee(pagodas) statue at Wat Lakorntum T.Barnchanglor Tonburee, which base facing each other. Said that Somdej Toh build to keep buddhism's scolls, phra katha/mantra etc. 5) "Budda sitting statue" Wat Gudeethong Ayuttaya Province. 6) "Standing Buddha statue" Wat Krang T.Klongkoi Rathchaburee province.
"Best Dharma lecture"
In the past, Many old monk have to visit the King Palace for lecture, pray, have food. As our King is the centre. Jao Phrakhun Somdej Puttajarn ( Toh ) is the best of dharma lecture since King Rama 1st which given him class of "Nark Luang" at Wat Phra Kaw. In King Rama 2nd give him the ship called "Grapgunlaya Lungkagrasang" which is the special ship for the royal family for Somdej Toh personal use. ( This is very special, as legend didn't have such of this thing given to a monk by the King ). At time of King Rama 4th, our King pleased with the Lecture from Somdej Toh very much. Our King said "If didn't see KruaToh, feel a bit lonely. Once talk with KruaToh, i feel happy". Somdej Toh is a great lecture since he was a novice monk until B.E.2413 that time he was very old and cannot have food, pray, and lecture in King Palace. He gived his duty to Momjao PhraPuttabaht Pilun, then Somdej Toh left all things behind, made amulets batchs , ask painter to write his story to the wall of Wat Bangkhunphom ( Wat Intraviharn ) etc. Still many story and miracle of Somdej Toh purify strong haunted spirit such as NangNark of Phrakanhong area in bangkok, thus i made this for short paragraph as i point this page for Phra Somdej amulets, the greatest holy items he left behind.
King Kaizer William really like this holy item from Thailand, our King then give PhraSomdej to him as a gift. King Kaizer received and then pray like thai people before put the amulet in his pocket. The same thing happened with the shinning light. All the followers are wonders, the story have told of this famous amulet create by Somdej Toh. People called them PhraSomdej Pim Kaizer since then.
"PIM KAIZER" which Somdej Puttajarn Toh create the single mold by his own hand.
Somdej Puttajarn ( Toh ) started which years? no one know. No one can find the evidence. But the reason have been said in 2 way that Somdej Toh made amulets bless/chant then give to the people, no limit for amount, no batchs. Another way said that Somdej Toh plan to made 84,000 of Phra Somdej amulets to keep save in jaydee(the pit under the pagoda) for the further expantion of religion afther his death as the elder did. In present day we all reckon that Somdej Toh made Phra Somdej from Wat Rakhang not up to the limit as he said 84,000 amulets for sure! For reason that once Somdej Toh talked to his cousin ... "I think i wouldn't make up to 84,000" that why the firstly batch made and keep save in the jaydee at Wat Katechaiyo, later batch were give among people. And some are left at Wat Rakhang and was rented all at his death funeral, very sure in B.E.2415 as my granpa was there.
Phra Somdej Katechaiyo
See the surface? that's the very first batch said like a test of mix ingredients. Later on ( Don't know what B.E. ) Luang Vijarn Jearanai ( Gold smith of King Palace ) have visited Somdej Toh and see the mold which create amulets. He do not satisfy with it's art, and said that he will create a new mold for Somdej Toh's amulets. Now! This is start of all great Phra Somdej WatRakhang amulets, an old time people called "Pim Luang VijarnJearanai". But in present day, we called Wat Rakhang which have 5 Pim ( Type ). Also Luang Vijarn Jearanai give an advice to Somdej Toh about ingredient to mix with "Tunkew Oil" which fix the problem of the shatter surface.
Why called Phra Somdej ?
"Somdej Phra Puttajarn" was named by King Rama 4th in B.E.2407, As when Somdej Toh was 77 years old. Two years later Somdej Toh create first batch of amulets also bless and chant. With his named "Somdej", people around temple called this amulets pim "Phra Somdej" which mean "Phra Krueng"(amulets) which made bless and chant by Somdej Toh. Same with Phra Somdej BangkhunPhrom, Phra Somdej WatKatechaiyo that all thai people admid at present in Thailand amulets market.
Phra Somdej ingredient create from? How many?
Materials for making the somdejs comprise : 1) Shell lime from sea then burn, if use white lime from burn rock the skin will look dry, 2) Phong Vises (holy powder, ittijay, eaynisinghay) write to yans spell letter then rub it off become chanted holy ash, 3) assorted flowers from shine, 4) rice remains after his consumption, 5) lotus, 6) banana rip only the black skin to mix for amulets skin to stick, 7) ashes from incense urns, 8) Holy water to mix skin not to soft or hard, 9) honey, 10) tang oil which made surface skin to look much perfect, dry rice, chanted sand, gold ash etc. Black skin or Red skin Phra Somdej are rare which hard to find among amulets market in present as Somdej Toh didn't make in 84,000 amount, the famous standard in market is Phra Phong Ittijay which make from holy white ashes. Phra Somdej skin which mixed with Phong Vises(white powder) can be said that they are standard for Phra Somdej amulets from 3 temples(Wat Rakhang, Wat Katechaiyo, Wat Bangkhunphrom). See the below link for more details of quality PhraSomdej amulets.
Ingredient in Phra Somdej WatRakhang
1) White blurr spot - both big(bean seed) and small size(pin head), this is White lime, not Phra Tarth like someone said. 2) Red spot - They are rock which break out from burned oven, they're mixed with White lime at the buttom of oven. The Red spot don't have as much as White spot. 3) Black spot - coal from oven. 4) Green spot - can see 1-2 spot for one amulets, don't need to have for every amulets. 5) Solf blown spot - very small need zoomglass to see, can see most or all of every amulets. They're assorted/dry flowers. 6) Yellow - banana skin 7) Sand - very rare in Somdej Wat Rakhang 8) Dry wood - also rare, could be fall in the mold when create Phra Somdej. This are only some info to give reader knowledge base on ingredient of Phra Somdej.
Lhong Ruk - Pid Thong
Some of Phra Somdej amulets nowaday that we can see, they've been Lhong Ruk(black) - Pid Thong(gold). Some have been washed and some stay the same since create. In my opinion, i understand that Pid Thong to put gold skin is for mongkon(bless/auspicious) by buddha, same at when we visit any temple and we Pid Thong at Lord Buddha's statue for good karma and tradition. Amulets which have been Lhong Ruk - Pid Thong will keep amulets surface skin protect. Once wash away Ruk-Thong, the amulets skin will "Tak Lai Ngar" or "Lai Sunkalok"(2 types of shattered skin) no acception. Reason because at the front side of amulets not balance with image and frame make low/high line. When "Ruk" is dry, they will tight the surface skin which make them break/shatter. Note : only the front side only, For "Lai Sunkalok" can be for acception for 2-3 lines at most. *The amulet show above is Pim Sendai, the backside is incredibly beautiful with the Pu-Tai crab's foot prints show all over the amulet.
Somdej Somdej Prathat Phanom 2401
Somdej Toh was one of the most famous Buddhist monks in modern Thai history. His amulets fetch prices anywhere from a few million Baht to 30 Million Baht. You may believe that his amulets are well beyond the pocket of the average collector, this is a popular misconception even amongst experienced collectors. He created and blessed Phra Somdej amulets other than the much publicized and promoted Somdej amulets originally blessed c. BE 2400 One perfect example is the amulet below known as Phra Somdej Wat Rakhang, Phra That Phanom (Song Chedi), which he created and blessed in c. 2508. Most of the amulets were then stored in the chedi at Nakom Panom, close to the Laos border It wasn't until BE 2518 that these amulets were finally recovered after a violent storm and subsequent flooding damaged the chedi walls.
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LP TOH SOMDEJ PRATAT PATNOM (151 YEARS OLD)
LIMITED EDITION WITH GOLD PLATE BEHIND
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First impression of this amulet is to dismiss it too easily, unless you understand the history behind it. The most interesting aspect of this amulet is of course the colourful beads, and one of the reasons actually that even experienced collectors have often failed to recognise the importance of this pim. The secret of Phra That Phanom Somdej amulets Phrathat Phanom is an important chedi not only in Thailand but also Asia because the relics of Lord Buddha are situated inside. The wishes of many worshippers have been fulfilled after giving homage at the chedi. As such any amulets contained within the Kru would be very scared indeed, and in particular amulets created by one of the most sacred monks in the world’s history, Phra Buddhacharn Toh. This account details such a discovery of thousands of amulets originally created in BE 2408. Phra Buddacharn Toh is now known not only to have deposited a hoard of amulets in the Chedi but also to have renovated the scared chedi in BE 2408 , in order to preserve the ancient structure for future generations. The most interesting aspect of this is that very few people were aware of the deposit of amulets, certainly even fewer were witness to the amulets because they were buried very deeply in what was then one the most important chedis in the Kingdom. Severe flooding caused the chedi walls to collapse, and on August 11 , B.E. 2518 , at 07.38 p.m. the chedi was opened in order to expose the cell that retained the hoard of amulets. These amulets were highly respected by worshippers because of the realization of the sacred power that would be able to help them in many ways. A great crowd gathered to worship the hoard in its entirety. Once all this information is known, your whole perspective changes in an instance. Simply holding this unique amulet is an experience in itself, you become inspired by the knowledge that you are holding a genuine amulet created by one of the greatest Thai monks ever, a treasure that has no price with a beauty that is without doubt, breathtaking.
The Royal Thai Fine Arts Department came to inspect and repair the chedi and also to inform Phra Thep Ruttanamoli (later Phra Dharma Rachanuwat), the then abbot of the temple , also head Monk of Nakon Panom Province, about the sacred amulets, and that they could be sold. However no price could be agreed as he knew the value of the amulets. Therefore Prathep Ruttanamoli decided to donate the sacred amulets to everyone who wished to own such a asacred object, but in particular to those who supported the renovation project of the sacred chedi, In addition to the amulets there were also many other sacred objects which were retained for prosperity both inside the chedi itself and the temples museum. Today these amulets are very hard to find, some are priced more than 1 ,000 ,000 each, particularly those which have not be cleaned in any way. H istory - Sacred Materials After Somdej Phra Buddhacharn Toh announced his intention to create the amulets many senior foreign monks from Cambodia, Laos, Burma, etc, immediately came to the kingdom to pay respects to Phra Buddacharn Toh, and also to donate sacred materials. 1. Gold, which was received from Khmer and Burmese senior monks, ground into powder. Many of the pims you can actually see gold fragments embedded in the powder. 2. Ancient Tavaravati-period pills, received from senior monks originating from Laos, some were ground into a powder others added to the mixture, whole, giving the amulets their very distinctive appearance. 3. Jewelry, which was received from Khmer and Burmese senior monks, also ground into powder. 4. Sacred relics of Lord Buddha, received from some disciples of Somdej Phra Buddhacharn Toh and Lao monks. 5. Wrecked parts of the old Prathat Phanom, renovated in B.E.2408 , also ground into powder. 6. Other kinds of sacred powder such as Ittijae, Maharach, Buddhakun, kept by Somdej Phra Buddhacharn Toh for many years were also added into the mixture. Fragments of Phra Benjapakee etc Because King Rama IV wanted the renovation project to be completed within that year (B.E.2408) many monks from both Wat Rakhang and Wat Phratat Phanom were involved in making these sacred amulets.
Interestingly this resulted in the amulets created that were different in design and composition depending on where they were made. Anyway the amulets, created at Wat Rakhang, were easily identified because Jaoprakun Dharmatanacharn (Jaokun Nap), a high-ranking monk of Bangkok, also attached a gold plate onto the reverse of each amulet. Great Sacred Ceremony After the creation of all the amulets one of the greatest sacred ceremonies in the Thai history was organized: 1. To celebrate the newly renovated sacred Phratat Panom Chedi. 2. To invite all the sacred amulets into the chedi itself. It was recorded that the sacred ceremony was held on the full-moon day of the 12 th month of the year B.E.2408 , according to the Thai lunar calendar. Apart from many senior monks from both Thailand and other neighboring countries, one of the most participants of the ceremony was King Rama IV, who had graciously presided over the ceremony amongst many witnesses, including royal-family members and high-ranking officials etc. It was also recorded that Somdej Phra Buddhacharn Toh had affirmed that all the amulets were very sacred because apart from the many sacred materials, particularly the relics of Lord Buddha and the wrecked powder of the old Prathat Panom Chedi, he had also prayed and recited sacred spells to transfer the power of Lord Buddha ensuring efficacy. These amulets are still quite affordable, but the prices are increasing rapidly due to the fact that other pims created by Buddacharn Toh (those which have been heavily marketed and promoted over the last few decades) have all but disappeared from the market, or are only available to the extremely wealthy. This amulet is the sensible choice for the discerning collector, and will bring luck and prosperity in life and business.