PBUOS79 : Auspicious Holy Set of Phra Somdej Coins by Wat Saket (Wat Saket, Bangkok )
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Name: Set of Phra Somdej Coins
From: Wat Saket, Bangkok
Year: B.E. 2555 (C.E. 2012)
Size: 1.6 cm x 2.9 cm
Material: brass, silver, pinchbeck
Purpose of Making: to use the money for developing and restoring Wat Saket
Ceremony: Many guru monks together intensively blessed this collection at Wat Saket.
Power: This Phra Somdej Amulet is auspicious. This Buddha amulet will bring the worshipper good things, peacefulness, happiness, safety, prosperity, success, fulfillment and wealth.
Present: The back of the amulet has the logo of King Bhumibol to increase the auspiciousness.
Information about Wat Saket, Bangkok:
The official guide gives the name of this temple as 'Wat Srakesa Rajavaramahavihara', mentioning that it used to be called 'Wat Sakae' and indicates that is was mentioned in Royal chronicles going back to 1782 (or 2325 in the Buddhist calendar).
Adjacent to the Wat is the 'Royal Mount', which was started in the reign of King Rama III, as an attempt to build a large pagoda in the style of a replica, of a golden pagoda in Ayudhya. Unfortunately the ground was too soft and the pagoda subsided. In 1865 during the reign of King Rama IV the pile of rubble that remained of the collapsed pagoda, began to be transformed into a new 'Royal Mount'. Although the official name is 'Royal Mount' many people call it the 'Golden Mount'.
Buddha relics were interred in the 'Royal Mount' during the reign of King Rama V in 1877 and again in 1899. King Rama V also presented a replica of a tooth relic to be kept at 'Wat Srakesa'.
A book entitled 'Bangkok in 1892' published by White Lotus Co. Ltd, is based on a collection of articles by 'Lucien Fournereau' published in 'Le Tour du Monde' magazine issues of July 1894, has among other things this to say about Wat Saket:-
"..... Wat Saket, the great necropolis. Wat Saket, which is in our opinion the greatest scandal of Bangkok, merits a special visit.....".
Apparently Wat Saket was a busy location for cremations at that time. Much of Fournereau's fascination and disgust seems to be due to the fact, that bodies and body parts were accessible for dogs and vultures to feed on, before they actually got cremated.
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