Somdej Roon Khao San Dum, Luang Pu Toh, Wat Pradoochimplee, Bangkok, B.E.2516
In the year B.E.2516, Luang Pu Toh wished to raise funds for the repair and restoration of Wat Pradoochimplee but it was still undecided as to which mould of amulets to make to distribute to the donors.
During that year, a village leader from Kampaeng Petch province arrived and presented a bag of black glutinous rice (Khao San Dum) that was found in the former Kampaeng Petch province. As these black glutinous rice were found from the same Chedi as Phra Leela Kampaeng Petch (Phra Leela Thung Sethi), it is estimated that these rice were really ancient and exceeded 1,000 years old. When Luang Pu Toh received this bag of fossilised black glutinous rice, he sat down to meditate on the bag of black glutinous rice as the object of meditation. When he arose from his mediation, he announced that this bag of rice were of excellence in virtues (Koon Wiset).
After he was given this bag of black glutinous rice, he departed for Wat Rakhang Khositaram and consulted with the senior monks there as to how to make the best use of the bag of ancient glutinous rice. It was decided that 2 different moulds of Somdej amulets were to be produced; Phim ProkPo Lang Yant Trinisinghae and Phim Than Singha Lang Yant Trinisinghae. A total of 7,500 pieces were produced for each mould and every piece was inserted with a single black glutinous rice.
Phra Somdej Khao San Dum, Phim Prok Po, B.E.2516
This batch of amulets was consecrated on Sao Ha Day (Saturday, 5th day of the 5th Waxing Moon) which was considered an auspicious day and all the pieces were entirely distributed to the devotees in Wat Pradoochimplee. The money raised from the donations allowed the temple to proceed its restoration and reparations works.
The devotees who wore the amulets from this batch gave the feedback that on many occasions, they were able to miss or escape any form of danger (Kleaw Klaad) and also good fortune were bestowed upon them. This is most likely because of the black glutinous rice that were found in the same chedi of Phra Leela Thung Sethi, which has the most famous saying that "those who own me will never be poor".
It is seldom that amulets from this batch are easily found in the open market due to its moderate quantity, popularity and origin. Most people who obtained the pieces directly from Luang Pu Toh will not sell away their pieces or trade for other amulets.
Phra Somdej Khao San Dum, Phim Than Singha, B.E.2516
It is important to note that as this batch of amulets were consecrated in Wat Rakhang Khositaram, the powder and texture will look significantly different from other Luang Pu Toh's amulets. It is also extremely important that one should learn how to identify and study this piece carefully due to the high-end imitations that are easily found in the open market.
Special thanks to Dr. C.Y. Lee (Penang) for his contribution to this article.
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