PAMPZ95 : Tiny Bell Model (Bottle Gourd) (Wat Rakhang, Thai amulet)
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Name : Tiny Bell Model
From : Wat Rakhangkhositraram Woramahavihara (Wat Rakhang) , Bangkok
Origin : Thailand
Purpose for Making : Require donation of money for developing the temple.
Material : Brass and Takrut
Size : 1.5 cm x 3 cm
(With Casing : 2.5 cms x 5 cms)
Somdej Phra Phutthachan (Toh Promarungsri)
is a venerable person in Buddhism. LP Toh was born in 1776 at North of Thailand. From the age of seven years old,
he became novice and stayed with LP Dang. At the age of ten, he went
to Bangkok for studying knowledge of Dhamma. He was as
a monk at wat Ta Krai in Pissanulok province. During the
era of King Rama V, he was an abbot of wat Rakhang.
LP Toh performed many miracles and dedicated his life for spreading Buddhism. He is one of top 10 guru monks of Thailand. He was the first monk who created style of Phra Somdej in Thailand and popular for his knowledge in both
holy Dharma and Visha (magic). In the year 1830, LP Toh
went also called “Tudong” in the deep jungle alone to border of Thailand Lao and Cambodian by 25 years old. Tudong is monk’s journey togain knowledge to build up good karma
and to know the teaching of Buddha. LP Toh has passed
away at the age of 84 year old in 1872.
Wat Rakhangkhositraram Woramahavihara (Wat Rakhang) is situated on the Thonburi side, opposite Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. Wat Rakhangkhositraram was originally called Wat Bang Wa Yai and was an ancient temple built during the Ayutthaya Period. King Taksin raised its status to that of a royal temple and had it used as the side of a Buddhist council to recompile the tripikata. In the First Reign, ancient bells was discovered on the temple grounds and since that time the temple has been know as Wat Rakhang, or the Temple of the Bell. King Rama I have the bell, which has good tone, removed to the Wat Phrasrirattana Sassadaram.
The important buildings include the Golden Palace, where King Taksin and the Supreme Patriarch (Sri) resided, and the phra ubosot and tripitaka tower built in the First Reign and decorated with murals.
A building in Wat Rakhangkhositaram that is considered a beautiful example of Thai architecture is the tripitaka tower. Originally this tower was in the middle of a pond that was dug behind the phra ubosot. The tower consists of three identical structures built from timber removed from a palace in which King Rama I had resided before ascending the throne. The outside walls are painted with red ocher while the inside walls are covered with murals depicting the daily life of that time painted by Acharn Nak. The door panels are decorated with lai rod nam designs and beautiful carvings. There are also the large tripitaka bookcases dating from the Ayutthaya Period in the north and south rooms.
This tiny bell model created and blessed by Phra Thepwisutthimethi who is an abbot of Wat Rakhang. The tiny bell made of brass and Takrut is put inside. When shaking, the bell makes soft sound. A piece of copper with Tam Ma Juck sign is at the bottom of this tiny bell.
Tam Ma Juck is wheel of the low, the Buddha’s first sermon to his five chief disciples.
People believe that this bell can bring happy, peaceful and good luck.