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Pra Kru Wat Nok – LP Ferng Angtong BE 2460

 
Wat Nok , official name, Wat Sakunaram, is a famous temple of Angtong Province. Established during the Kingdom of Ayudhya it was deserted for decades until renovated by Luang Poo Ferng, a monk better known for the creation of Pra Wat Nok amulets.

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It is generally assumed that Luang Poo Ferng had created the Pra Wat Nok amulets around BE 2460 to worship Lord Buddha.
 
Most of the amulets were given to those that had supported the renovation of the temple, Luang Poo Ferng passed away in BE 2467.
 
Both LP Ferrn and LP  Suk, Wat Makhamtao were good friends and it is clear that the design of the Wat Nok amulets used many of the design elements of those created by LP Suk.
 
Pims
 
-Pim Somdej 3 Chan
-Pim Somdej Tarn Koo
-Pim Somdej 5 Chan (Buddha Image on five-level base)
-Pim Sum Rern Gaew (Buddha Image with classical roof)
-Pim Sum Prasart (Buddha Image with ancient Khmer castle)
-Pim Nang Kwak
-Pim Khang U (Buddha Image with U, the sacred spell, to9 both right and left.)
 
Pra Wat Nok amulets are fairly robust pims due to a combination of the composition and drying process over decades.
 
Generally these amulets can be found in 4 colour variations, black, grey, yellow, brown. The colours caused by the materials used to create the amulets and the reaction with the environment,
 
Sacred Kru
 
After Luang Poo Ferng hjad  created these amulets the majority were either stored within a Kru or placed within a scared Chedi at Wat Srakes, Angtong province.
 
Luang Phor Toh, then abbot of Wat Srakes, Arngtong Province, had discovered the Kru which he opened. The amulets were again distributed to new worshippers who had supported the temple’s renovation project.
 
Luang Poo Fern
 
Little is known about Luang Poo Ferng, the monk that had  created these amulets. What is known is that he was a quiet and dedicated monk who preferred to practice and study sacred sciences alone.
 
It is recorded that he had been offered high ranking positions on a number of occasions and refused not wanting recognition beyond his current status.
 
Ultimately he was to become one of the most highly respected and sacred monks of his generation.
 
Despite the lack of information available from the archives there are many accounts of the efficacy of his amulets.
 
A typical example is that of a physician, who said that he was involved in collision with a truck whilst driving his motorcycle. He was dragged for 20 meters but was spared major injury. Witnesses to the accident were sure of his death but attributed his amazing good fortune to the single amulet that he was wearing from Wat Nok.
 
Nok in Thai means “bird” and in Antong Province there are three temples locally named “Wat Nok” namely Wat Sakunaram (Luang Poo Ferng), Wat Rachpuksi and Wat Rach Sakunaram. However any amulets referred to as Wat Nok originate form Wat Sakunaram.