Pra Kru Wat Bang Yee Hon

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Pra Kru, Wat Bang Yee Hon

Pra Kru Bang Yee Hon, Ampur Bang Bpla Ma, Suphanburi province, is a sacred amulet recovered from a damaged temple pagoda and  believed to be about 100 years old, originally blessed around the year BE 2447.

Today these are highly popular pims as they are thought to provide the worshipper with ”Kong Krapan” or invulnerability. Despite their rarity they are still relatively inexpensive

This region of Thailand was originally called Pradu Nam Bang Yee Hon due to the location of a flood gate operated by the Department of Irrigation. In older times sea traders still used these waterways to access communities by boat and would moor very close to the temple. It is thought that the boats offered cover to thieves who were able to access the temple under cover of dark. The Abbot at that time, Ajahn Puang Suwananoh, indeed reported hearing a loud noise and barking dogs during the early hours, and whilst investigating the cause he discovered the damaged pagoda.

At day break he surveyed the damage and rather risk further theft and possible collapse of the pagoda decided to empty the contents and recovered all the amulets. In the year BE 2504 many of the amulets were sold to local villagers to raise funds with which to repair the pagoda.

Two different amulet styles were discovered, namely; Pim Chinrat and Pim Chiangsean. both being made from “Neua Din Pao”” or burnt clay.

This find and subsequent research revealed that these amulets were originally blessed by Luang Phor Yat, a former abbot, before being passed to Luang Phor Gaew, Wat Suan Hong, to be blessed again. He was a very  famous and highly respected monk of the province, being skilled in higher level meditation It is known that Luang Phor Yat was a disciple of Luang Phor Niam, Wat Noi, an adept of  ”Wicha Akom” or magic. Luang Phor Yat himself also was known for being highly skilled in the art of Wittayakom. Luang Phor Gaew and Luang Phor Niam were close friends.

At the time these amulets caused a local sensation as many people wanted to test the efficacy of the pims against various  types of weapon including guns. It was reported that guns became completely inoperative when fired. This story was later to be reported nationwide.

The pims are remarkably detailed with strong impressions. They are very attractive amulets and in particular the double sided pim. A number of different coloured variants were found including black, grey, white, yellow and red.  Many of the amulets show dark staining due to passage of time within the kru.

Highly recommended.

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