Luang Phor Daeng

Luang Phor Daeng

by Jun Wei

Luang Phor Daeng Wat Khao Bandai It is a well-known guru monk in Petchburi Province. He was born in BE 2421 in Tamboon Bang Jag in Petchburi. His father was Mr Bpaen and his mother was Mrs Num. There is a slight discrepancy with Luang Phor Daeng’s exact date and day of birth as some state it was in April BE 2421 while others state that it was September BE 2422.

Luang Phor Daeng was also the elder brother of Luang Phor Phra Kroo Banya Chodtiwattana (Luang Phor Jaroen) who is the former abbot of Wat Tong Noppakun (Petchburi). It is considered as an honorable and good karma for Luang Phor Daeng’s parents. As both sons had spent their lives as monks without disrobing and in addition both became the abbot of respective temples. Both sons received many official degrees within the Sangha of merit and status. Both of their sons were awarded the status of Phra Kroo Sanya Badtr during their lifetimes.

When Luang Phor Daeng was about to reach the age of 20, both of his parents took him to ordained with Luang Phor Pilen Wat Khao Bandai It. Where he was ordained by Phra Kru Yanwisut of Wat Gaen Hlek as his Upachaya Ordaining Officer. After his ordination, he was given the name “Rodto” ( which means red in Pali). He then studied and practiced Wicha Saiyasart Sorcery and Kammathana Vipassana Meditation with Luang Por Plien. Until he completed all of his studies and mastered every Wicha that Luang Phor Plien had to teach him. In BE 2461, After Luang Phor Pilen passed away, Luang Phor Daeng was appointed to be the abbot of Wat Khao Bandai It.  

Luang Phor Daeng’s Wicha Akom became well-known around Petchburi Province and devotees would travel regardless how far just to receive his blessings. In BE 2479, there was an epidemic in Petchburi  Province that caused the farmer’s buffaloes and cattles to pass away one after another. Luang Phor Daeng made and blessed some red colored PhaYant (Yantra Cloths) about the size of a handkerchief. He handed the PhaYant to the farmers and told them to take one each and tie it to the tip of a bamboo stalk.  And that they should plant the bamboo stick with the Phayant in the ground of the cowshed. It appeared that the cowsheds which had used the PhaYant Daeng of Luang Phor Daeng did not suffer from  the epidemic or pass on contagions and this caused Luang Phor Daeng to be known within and wide out of the province. 

Due to this incident, devotees which live far away would start to head to Wat Khao Bandai It to look for Luang Phor Daeng. From then on, Luang Phor Daeng  began to make more PhaYant and also Takrut scroll spells to hand out to the devotees.This however did not stop devotees from coming. As those that have experienced changes from his holy item started telling people more about it. And it causes many and many people from other provinces to come to pay respect to Luang Phor Daeng.  

On 5th December BE 2502, Luang Phor Daeng received the status and Sangha Title of ‘Phra Kru Yan Wilas’ and received the Royal Pat Yos Monks fan in Ceremonial Recognition of his status. 

And so the consecration of the first batch of Luang Phor Daeng’s Rian was set in motion before the official ceremony was to be held. In order to distribute the amulets to the devotees who came to attend the ceremony to honour Luang Por Daeng’s status. This first batch of Luang Phor Daeng’s Rian is known as Rian Roop Khai Nuea Tong Daeng Rom Dam (oval shaped copper with black oiled finish with head and shoulder cameo image of Luang Phor). Only 15,000 of these amulets were made in Nur Thong Daeng while another 82 pieces are made in Nur Ngern material. The coins were 3.5 x 2.6 cm in size, with the cameo of Luang Phor Daeng upon the front face, and the date of the edition  BE 2503 (๒๕๐๓) on the top left side of front face, with the words ‘Aayu 82’ on the top right side of the front face (อายุ๘๒).

The bottom edge of the front face of the coin had the words ‘Pra Kroo Yan Wilas Daeng “พระครูญานวิลาส (แดง)” emblazoned. The rear face has a square Yantra (Yant See) with Sacred Khom Agkhara containing Buddhist heart Mantras (Kata Hua Jai Pra Puttakun) around the surface in Khom Sanskrit.

This amulet became extremely famous for its Klaew Klaad and Kong Grapan Chadtri power to evade deadly dangers and protect from gunshots and blades. The Rian was so popular that Luang Phor Daeng decided to comsecrated another series of Rian in BE 2507. 

The second edition coin was identical to the first edition except for one of the Khom Agkhara letters which was at the bottom of all looked different (the letter ‘Ae’ which in first edition resembled the Thai letter ฃ. In the Second edition, the Khom letter ‘Ae’ resembles more the Thai number 8 (๘). Luang Phor Daeng also made some smaller versions in this second edition, to hand out to the ladies and those coins were given the name of the ‘Run Jaek Mae Krua’ (Edition to hand out to the HouseWives).

In BE 2510, as the celebration of Luang Phor Daneg’s birthday came around, luksit arranged for the making of one more Rian Kanajarn amulet to be made for Luang Phor Daeng to bless. This time the image of Luang Phor Daeng was changed to reflect his greater age as time had passed, and the writing around the edges of the coin were changed to say พ.ศ. ๒๕๑๐ ที่ระลึกอายุครบ ๘๙ปี (BE  2510 commemoration of the 89th Anniversary) and the name พระครูญานวิลาส (Pra Kroo Yan Wilas) on the bottom of the front face of coin.

The rear face was identical with the first two editions with the exception that the Chinese word ‘Jow’ was added next to the Khom Letter ‘U’ below the square Yant See Yantra. This edition had coins in various sacred metals, which included Nur Thong Daeng, Nur Samlit and Nur Ngern. The Nur Thong Daeng material was made 2000 pieces which is documented as the largest amount of amulet done in this batch. T

In BE 2511, as Luang Phor Daeng reached the age of 90 years old, Army Captain Paetyakul of the first regiment (who was a citizen of Petchaboon by birth) approached Luang Phor Daeng for his permission to consecrated a new batch of Rian in the form of a shield shape. The captain commissioned the Royal Mint to create the coin to make the design and produce this very high quality coin amulet, with 48,000 made in Nur Thong Daeng, and to make some in Nur Ngern and Nur Thong Kam.

This edition was called the ‘Run Mae Tap Sang’ (National Guards Edition), also known as the ‘Rian Mae Tap’ coin. Some coins were also made in Albaca (numbers unknown). This batch of Rian had an especially large and long blessing ceremony. First, they were blessed over a period of time by Luang Phor Daeng in solitary, and then they received a large Buddha Abhiseka ceremony to bless them again throughout 5 days and nights, after which the amulets were released to the public.

Once the Rians were released, a great number of people immediately rented a large number of them within a very short time, and many people took the Rian to go and test (despite this being forbidden rule of magic, as one should seek for help when they are really in need and not waste it on testing them). They took the Rians and shot at them with a gun just nearby to the temple and something strange occurred. The gun broke in two. 

For this reason, Soon this batch of Rian is known as the ‘Rian Run Pern Dtaek’ (Broken Gun Edition).

Luang Phor Daeng continued to consecrate more amulets throughout his life, until he passed away on the 16th January BE 2517 at the age of 96 years old after spending 74 years in monkhood.

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