Phra Somdej Luang Phor Ngern, Wat Donyaihom, Nakhon Pathom
Luang Phor Ngern, Wat Donyaihom was a famous guru monk of Nakhon Pathom province of the old generation. In his later years, his disciples and devotees requested him to create amulets made of Nur Phong Putthakhun, which he never created even though he had the knowledge of it. Most of the amulets consecrated by him were made of Nur Loha (metal), Nur Wahn (sedges), Nur Din (clay) or Nur Bailan (burnt palm leaves). He finally acceded to their requests over years and created his 1st batch of Somdej amulets with Nur Phong Putthakhun.
During the consecration ceremony, Luang Phor Ngern performed a method which was used by older generation monks. He collected the chalks which were used to conduct lessons and for writing Yant as they were important materials. He would then use the chalk to write Yant on the table and chant as he did so. When ever he finished writing the Yant, he would sweep the chalk to be collected into a holder. He would do this repeatedly until an adequate supply was collected. After this was done, he instructed his disciples to prepare the chalk for mixing with other materials such as Nur Bailan, Nur Wahn, Nur Din and also holy powder donated by other guru monks. When the materials were mixed, they were then prepared to be used for the moulding process.
Phra Somdej Prok Po Laksana Raek (1st mould)
There are two types of Somdej amulets created with Luang Phor Ngern's Nur Phong Putthakhun, which is differentiated as Somdej Phim Prok Po Laksana Raek and Somdej Phim Prok Po Laksana Song. The difference is the mould in general and that Somdej Prok Po Phim Laksana Raek was consecrated circa B.E.2496, whereas Somdej Prok Po Phim Laksana Song was a later batch consecrated in B.E.2512.
Somdej Prok Po Phim Laksana Raek is smaller in size and has 4 Yant syllables at the bottom. It is also thinner and the Phra Somdej is usually black, yellowish or reddish in colour as the Nur Phong Putthakhun was mixed with other types of materials, mainly sandalwood filings. It is also known as Phra Somdej Kaen Jan which is due to the main ingredient of sandalwood filings being mixed into the material.
Somdej Prok Po Phim Laksana Song has 4 Yant syllables by the sides instead of the bottom and is usually light yellowish-pinkish in colour, due to it being mixed with other Nur Phong Putthakhun.
Phra Somdej Prok Po Laksana Song, Phim Yai, B.E.2512 (2nd mould, large size)
Phra Somdej Prok Po Laksana Song, Phim Lek, B.E.2512 (2nd mould, small size)
As stated in Luang Phor Ngern's book, at present these 2 batches of Somdej are inexpensive and it will be wise for the collector to keep them as the writer suggests that they will become very valuable one day. This is due to the fact that Luang Phor Ngern only used his special Nur Phong Putthakhun for these 2 batches of Somdej.
As usual for Luang Phor Ngern's amulets which are popular, many imitations of these 2 batches are commonly seen and the collector has to be especially careful with regards to the earlier batch of Somdej Prok Po Laksana Raek.
Luang Phor Ngern's book showing the 2 types of Phra Somdej Prok Po
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