LUANG PHOR NGERN BUDDHACHOTE
WAT BANG KLANG, PICHIT
|Luang Phor Ngern Buddhachote, Wat Bang Klang Pichit|
Luang Phor Ngern Bucha (Statue), Wat Tai Nam Pichit BE250X 1stBatch
(At the bottom, you may see the authenticity of the old soils embedded onto the Statue)
Luang Phor Ngern (Ngern in Thai also means "Money") and also in those days, Thais did not use surname (family name). Luang Phor Ngern was born on 16th September in the year BE2351 on a Friday during the reign of the first Chakri. His father's name was Nai Oo from Bang Klang whereas his mother's name was Nang Faak from Ban Saen. He has 6 siblings (two girls and four boys) named as: Phromchai, Thapying, Thongchai, Ngern, Lermchai and Rotying.
When he was 5 years old, his teacher Nai Chuang Seung send him to stay in Bangkok and he was later endorsed to study at Wat Chanasongkram where he ordained as a Novice Monk (Nen) when he was 12 years old. During his stay at this temple, he learned Dhamma and Buddhism from a couple of Guru monks (Archans). At the age of 20, he was formally ordained as a monk and he stayed at the same temple for another 3 years. He decided to peruse his studies further and move to Wat Rakang Kositaram and later decided to become a disciple to the very famous Phra Somdet Phuttajarn Toh Phrommarangsi.
|Phra Somdet Phuttajarn Toh Phrommarangsi was a teacher& contemporary to Luang Phor Ngern when he was studying in Bangkok|
After completing his studies at Wat Rakang, he went back to his hometown and stayed at Wat Bang Klang Tai for one year. Then he moved to stayed at Wat Wang Takor because they need to reconstruct an old temple there. When he arrived at the boundary of Wat Wang Takor, he took 3 Bodhi trees and planted at the entrance. In the future, these 3 Bodhi trees grew up and blessed the temple with prosperity, happiness and good health. Till today, these trees are seen graciously strong at the compound of Wat Wang Takor.
Luang Phor Ngern started to renovate the temple and built Ubosot, Kuti, Chedi, Sala and Viharn very successfully. Luang Phor Ngern had the miraculous touch that whenever he wanted to build the temples, donations and volunteers kept coming from all corners of Thailand. He was known for his kindness (metta) and his magical powers (wicha). Many devotees and people from all walks of life will come to him to seek his blessings and also to become his disciples. The most famous student he had at that time was the son of His Highness King Rama 5. His son's name was Prince Chumphon Ket Udomsak (the founder of the Royal Thai Navy). The prince was also the closest disciple of Luang Pu Suk Wat Pak Khlong Wat Makham Tao in Chainat province. The prince was also known for his skills and competence in wicha (magical science).
Luang Phor ngern of Wat Bang Klang and Luang Pu Suk of Wat Pak Khlong Makkhamtao are best of friends. They both also have the same level of Ultra High Dhamma Knowledge. Phra Kru Asamban, the abbot of Wat wang Takoh and Phra Ajarn Choom, the abbot of Wat Takoh, both were closed disciples of Luang Phor Ngern. They were responsible for the making of Luang Phor Ngern amulets. The first amulet was Roop Lor in bronze was called "Phim Kheeta" because the amulets looked like "tears" were flowing from their eyes. In those days, everything was handmade hence the workmanship was not as good as today's technology technique. In those days, those amulets were distributed to devotees at a price of one baht only. But today, in the amulet markets (with high demand for LP Ngern's amulets because of it's proven miraculous powers..) to own a piece today will cost around a million thai baht and this is one of the most expensive amulet in Thailand. They second time, they make a few batches.. the amulets were more artistic and were more beautifully made, hence, they decided to call the bigger amulet "Phim Roop Lor Loy Ong". These two phims (models) were distributed to the man (male) devotees, whereas women and children were given smaller amulets known as "Phim Rian Lor Khai Pla Chop Lek and Chop Yai". His amulets were so popular that they were quickly snatched by devotees and the public, therefore, demand was a million times more than supply. To be fair to everyone, the temples of LP Ngern decided to consecrate every year in the month of November so that devotees and the public can rent and own LP Ngern's popular amulets that were highly energized with magical powers (wicha).
LP Ngern was very well known in Thailand and to remember him the King of Thailand requested from the abbots of LP Ngern's temples (wats) to consecrate Luang Phor Ngern's Buchas (Statues) for Respect & Worship. Only 2 Statues were allowed at that time. The first statue was placed at Wat Wang Takoh and the second was placed at Wat Tai Num. There were only two Luang Phor Ngern statues in Thailand made during his lifetime.
Wat Tai Num is the temple which Luang Phor Ngern spend most of his life, teaching and building up temples and likewise with Wat Wang Takoh. He also visited many temples but he will alternatively spend most of his Phansas (Raining Retreats) after teaching the Dhamma and Tudong at these two favourite temples of his. There were all together 7 temples which made amulets of Luang Phor Ngern Roop Lor and all these amulets were personally blessed by Luang Phor ngern. Therefore, some of those amulets are not the same in sizes and features.... Luang Phor Ngern passed away in BE2462 (1919) at the age of 109, having served the Buddhist faith for 90 years.