Pra Kru – Wat Nok – Luang Pho Fueang

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Pra Kru – Wat Nok Ang Thong
พระสมเด็จกรุวัดนก

Ang Thong Province is home to three distinct temples named “Wat Nok,” each with its own unique history and significance. These temples are:

  1. Wat Nok (Ratchapaksee) in Mueang District
  2. Wat Nok (Ratchasakuna) in Wiset Chai Chan District
  3. Wat Nok (Sakunaram) in Chaiyo District

Wat Nok (Sakunaram) in Chaiyo District

According to the book “Mueang Ang Thong,” published to celebrate the 36th birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 1991, Wat Nok Sakunaram is located in Ban Sakuna, Moo 5, Chaiyo Sub-district, Chaiyo District, Ang Thong Province. This ancient temple dates back to the Ayutthaya period and was abandoned for a time before being restored. It received its official consecration on February 11, 1974.

Historical Significance and Architectural Details

Wat Nok Sakunaram is renowned for its collection of sacred amulets, created by the former abbot, Luang Pu Fueang. The most commonly found amulets from this temple are Phra Somdej, which measure approximately 1.5 cm in width and 2.3 cm in height. These amulets feature the Buddha in a meditative posture seated on a three-tiered base within a double-layered arch. The arch, known as “Sump Prabhamonthon,” has radiating lines similar to those found on amulets from Luang Pu Suk of Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao, indicating a shared design tradition.

The amulets are characterized by their prominent facial features, a two-tiered topknot, and distinct robe folds. The back of the amulets is smooth and often bears inscribed characters (wet inscriptions) such as “U,” “Tho,” or “Unaalome” while the clay was still moist. Wat Nok amulets come in various designs, including the Phra Somdej with a three-tiered base and Phra Somdej with a two-tiered lotus base, among others. Due to being stored in crypts, these amulets often exhibit age marks.

Initially, Wat Nok amulets were not widely known. However, they gained recognition after several incidents demonstrating their reputed protective powers. For instance, a local carrying a Wat Nok amulet in a tobacco box stepped on a venomous snake but was unharmed. Another incident involved a child in Wiset Chai Chan Market who, wearing a Wat Nok amulet, was attacked by a dog but emerged unscathed despite torn clothing.

These stories significantly boosted the amulets’ reputation. Another legend mentions that the amulets were made from sacred powder and oil in various colors, such as green, gray, black, and white, between 1910 and 1932 by Luang Pho Kaew, who was a friend of Luang Pu Suk. Luang Pho Kaew continuously produced these amulets, with Luang Pu Suk often invited to participate in their consecration. According to records, Luang Pu Suk and Luang Pho Fueang were close spiritual companions, which explains the resemblance between amulets from Luang Pu Suk and those from Wat Nok made of lead alloy.[

Luang Pho Fueang was a highly respected monk known for his deep spiritual insight and dedication to the Buddhist path. His commitment to the monastic life and his profound teachings drew many followers. Luang Pho Feng’s influence extended beyond his temple, reaching various communities and individuals who sought his guidance and blessings.

Two Eras of Production

Wat Nok amulets were produced in two distinct periods. The first period was under Luang Pho Kaew from around BE 2453 to BE 2475. These early amulets, typically green and gray, were called “Knife Sharpening Stone Texture” by locals and were stored in crypts to preserve Buddhism. The second period began after Luang Pho Kaew’s passing, with Luang Pho Fueang, the subsequent abbot, continuing the production using the same molds but with white and black materials.

Records indicate that After Luang Poo Ferng had created these amulets the majority were either stored within a Kru or placed within a scared Chedi at Wat Srakes, Angtong province. Luang Phor Toh, then abbot of Wat Srakes, had discovered the Kru which he opened. The amulets were again distributed to new worshippers who had supported the temple’s renovation project.

Pims

-Pim Somdej 3 Chan
-Pim Somdej Tarn Koo
-Pim Somdej 5 Chan 
-Pim Sum Rern Gaew 
-Pim Sum Prasart 
-Pim Nang Kwak
-Pim Khang U

Spiritual Significance and Collectibility

Wat Nok amulets are highly valued for their reputed invincibility and safety, as well as their benevolent properties, as evidenced by numerous testimonials. They are considered highly collectible due to their historical significance and spiritual potency. Despite their age, nearing a hundred years, they remain affordable and are a worthwhile addition to any collection.


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