Bia Gae – LP Rod of Wat Nai-Rong

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bia Gae LP Rod

Luang Phor Rod of Wat Nai-Rong

Among the many revered amulets crafted by famous Buddhist monks in Thailand, each following their own unique ancient formulas, the “Bia Gae” amulets stand out for their remarkable spiritual power. Of these, the Bia Gae created by Luang Pu Rod of Wat Nai Rong, Thonburi, holds a special place of honor. It is considered one of the most renowned and highly respected in Thailand, earning a place in the prestigious “Benjapakee of Amulets”.

Luang Pu Rod, originally from Bang Phrom, Taling Chan district in Thonburi, was ordained at Wat Ngern, also known as Wat Ratchathitatharn, a temple renowned for its meditation practices. He later moved to Wat Nai Rong, where he eventually became the second abbot. His expertise in advanced meditation and his mastery in Buddhist incantations earned him great respect in the Bangkok Noi area. Contemporary to other revered monks like Somdet Phra Phutthachan (Toh Phromrangsi) and Luang Pu Iam of Wat Saphan Sung, Luang Pu Rod’s Bia Kae is especially esteemed.It is also known that he was a disciple of Luang Phor Khak who it is assumed that he learnt most of his knowledge from.

Luang Phor Khak, was highly specialized in ancient magic sciences and was attributed to have taught many other famous monks of that era including Luang Phor Boon of Wat Klang Bangkaew, Nakorn Pathom province and Luang Phor Ie of Wat Sattahip, Cholburi province.

His life was quite mysterious travelling from one place to another imparting knowledge to those that wanted to learn

Luang Pu Rod’s Bia Gae amulets are crafted from various sacred materials, including cowrie shells, mercury, and underground stingless bee resin. These materials were consecrated with ancient Khmer script and powerful incantations like the “16 Buddha Names” and the “Trinisinghe”. After these sacred rituals, the amulets were given to disciples for protection.

The unique characteristics of Luang Pu Rod’s Bia Gae make them easily identifiable. He meticulously selected shells of similar size, ensuring they had 32 teeth, symbolizing completeness. When shaken, these shells produce a soft clicking sound, indicating the presence of mercury inside. The underside of the shells is sealed with the resin.

Another distinctive feature is the meticulous cord wrapping around the amulet. This wrapping, often sealed with lacquer or persimmon gum, adds durability. The lacquer, over time, develops a blackish-red hue, indicative of its age. Some amulets are further adorned with gold leaf, whose aging process helps verify their authenticity. These amulets come in both hooped and non-hooped forms, with some containing hidden takruts (scrolls of incantations), making them exceptionally rare.

Comparing the Bia Gae from Wat Nai Rong with those from Wat Klang Bang Kaew reveals similarities in size and craftsmanship, possibly due to shared knowledge from the Nakhon Chai Si river region. However, differences can be noted in the cord-wrapping patterns, which vary between the two traditions.

In summary, the Bia Gae amulets of Luang Pu Rod are not only a testament to his spiritual prowess but also an enduring symbol of Thai cultural heritage. These amulets, with their unique blend of sacred materials and ancient rituals, continue to be highly sought after for their profound spiritual benefits.

LP Rod Bia Gae

Generally the design or style of the embroidered strings could be divided into two distinct types:

Type 1: Embroidered strings that covered the entire Bia Gae amulet.

Type 2: Embroidered strings that only partly covered the Bia Gae amulet. The centre of the front was not covered so that the shell amulet within was visible. 

Luang Phor Rod passed away in BE 2472.

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