Phra Khreung Roon Yeuan India, Luang Pu Toh, Wat Pradoochimplee, Bangkok, B.E.2519
Phra Somdej Roon Yeuan India was the 1st batch of powdered amulets produced by Phrakru Viroj Kittikhun, the current abbot of Wat Pradochimplee, under Luang Pu Toh. Before Luang Pu Toh returned from his pilgrimage to India, he was given an amulet from the Abbot of a Thai temple at Bodhigaya (India) where the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Luang Pu Toh gave the amulet to Phra Kru Viroj Kittikhun and requested him to make a mould by focusing on the image of the Lord Buddha.
For this purpose, Acharn Prayod Thammakornbanyas commented that the mould should be of Phim Prok Po as Luang Pu Toh had conducted meditation under the Bodhi Tree at Bodhigaya.
The mould of this batch of Phra Somdej then became Phra Somdej Phim Prok Po. At the back of the amulet is the image of the Chedi (pagoda) at Bodhigaya to commemorate the event of Luang Pu Toh making a long pilgrimage to pay his respects at this holy place.
Five different types of amulets were created, consisting of:
1. Phra Somdej Phim Prok Po Tua Yaang (initial test mould)
Quantity made is unknown as this was produced using an initial test block. The resulting Somdej Prok Po from this mould were fragile as the soil from the Bodhi Tree were mixed with the powder. Subsequently another block was used and Nur Phong Kesorn was used instead. Some pieces of this mould were lacquered to preserve its original condition and prevent further deterrioration. Usually rare to find in good condition.
2. Phra Somdej Phim Prok Po Phim Yai
Consecrated with Nur Phong Kesorn and a total of 8,667 pieces were produced. This mould eventually became the acceptable standard Somdej Roon Yeuan India to be included in major competitions. A small quantity of Nur Phong Bailan pieces were made, believing to be less than 10 pieces.
3. Phra Somdej Phim Prok Po Phim Lek
Also consecrated in Nur Phong Kesorn but the quantity is far lesser than Phim Yai, amounting to only a total of 3,000 pieces. Even though the quantity is not specially little, it is very rare to see this piece being traded.
4. Rian Roon Yeuan India
Nur Nawak (9-metal alloy)
One of the standard entries in major competitions, Rian Roon Yeuan India were produced in 5 different types of materials, namely:
1. Nur Nak (Rose Gold or Pink Gold) - Not exceeding 100 pieces
2. Nur Thong Kam (Gold) - 250 pieces
3. Nur Ngern (Silver) - 1,000 pieces
4. Nur Nawak (9 Metal Alloy) - 2,000 pieces
4. Nur Thong Daeng Ron Dum (Fumigated Copper) - 20,000 pieces
The Nur Thong Daeng Ron Dum pieces are the most commonly seen pieces from this batch of Roon Yeuan India amulets. The other types of materials were either seldom seen or seldom traded.
5. Phra Jan Wan Gert (extra batch)
An extra batch of Phra Jan Wan Gert (Birthday) was consecrated in B.E.2520 which forms part of the Roon Yeuan India amulets. The mould Pang Samadhi was chosen to represent Luang Pu Toh's birthday which falls on a Thursday. Total pieces consecrated were 10,412 pieces for both Nur Phong Kesorn and Nur Phong Bailan.
Special thanks to Dr. C.Y. Lee (Penang) for his contribution to this article.
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