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Luang Phor Noi Tachadtoh - Wat Sesathong Nakon Chaisri
 


Often confused with another famous monk of the same name, Luang Phor Noi, Wat Damasala.

 

       Wat Seesatong was built in the Rattanakosin dynasty, around the year BE 2538.

According to legend General Chakri later to be known as Somdej Yodfa Chulaloke (Somdej Chao Phraya Maha Kshatriyaseuk , the first Somdej Chao Phraya.) who captured Vientiane, during the reign of King Taksin, brought the Emerald Buddha back to Thailand via this temple before the establishment of Bangkok as the capital, where the Buddha is now located.


It is certainly known that the temple was a staging post for many northerners emigrating south with many setting up permanent abode in the vicinity


The temple originally known as Wat Klaang was fairly inaccessible to the local population and to encourage worshippers to make merit and practice religious rites at the temple a special Buddha Image was found and the temple re-named as Wat Huathong.

Shortly afterwards the Chedi Canal, Klong Chedi was excavated as an easy route for the King to pay homage to the Buddha image located at Phra Pathom Chedi.

Wat Klaang was also moved to a more convenient location next to the riverside and once again re-named to Wat Seesatong.

Luang Phor Noi was born on the 14th February 2435, Tambon Sesatong. His father was a traditional doctor practicing herbal treatment and saiyasat, black magic, known as Tang Aakom or way of magic. The villagers would say that he was Mor Yu Yong Kong Grapan, or invulnerable to the afflictions of the common man. 

 


As a young boy, Luang Phor Noi loved to learn from his father and in particular Akara Lek Yant, Occult Numbers and Katha Aakom or Black magic spells. He also studied Yaa or medicine until he became skilled and well versed in its practice.

At the age of 21 he was well prepared to enter monastic life, and was ordained by the Abbot of Wat Kae and LP Mun then a senior monk at Wat Klaang (Wat Sesatong), where he was to relocate shortly after.


 

Luang Phor Lee, then Abbot, taught the young monk all that had been passed down through the generations since the first Abbot Luang Phor Dtrai, and in particular specialist arcane Laotian sciences such as Wicha Wua Tanu and Rahu Om Chanpen Dton.

Luang Phor Noi eventually was to become Abbot of the temple and diligently worked to improve a poor and somewhat insignificant temple until such time it gained relative prosperity, also being promoted himself to Ecclesiastical governor along the way.

It was at this time that he was in a position to create small amulets, in particular Rahu Om Jan and Koh Su Laap (Wua Tanu).


 
  



But without doubt he will be best known for his Rahu amulets which gained him considerable fame throughout Thailand. In fact they are considered top of the suite of amulets popularly known as Chut Benja Kreung Raang.

 



The Rahu amulets blessed by Luang Phor Noi, created using ancient Laos Bailan Akarakom texts, are famed for bringing Chok Laap or good fortune. Phra Rahu is the god of fate, and it is believed that paying respect will protect you from bad luck in fact enhance your fate.

Most of his famous Rahu amulets are created from Gaala or one eyed coconut shell and are highly distinctive. One eye coconut known as Ekakshi Nariyal is considered very auspicious due to its rarity.