Pra Benjapakee – Top Amulets of the Five Major Regions of Thailand
The Benjapakee Amulet is a Pantheon of Ancient Amulets that carry Immortal Historical Fame and Legend in the Thai Buddhist Amulet World, and are perhaps the heart of all Thai Buddhist Amulets which have arisen in a myriad of forms based in the Benjapakee Collection of amulets. The Pra Benja-Pakee is a collection of five (the word ‘Benja’ meaning ‘Five’ in Sanskrit), top amulets of each of 5 regions (the word ‘Pakee’ meaning ‘Regions’ in Sanskrit)
The Five Benjapakee Amulets of Old are;
Pra Somdej, Pra Nang Paya, Pra Pong Supan, Pra Rod Lampun, Pra Sum Gor
However, there also are sub variations of these five Regional amulets which most people will also class within the Benjapakee collection, such as the Pra Kong Lampun, the Pra Beum Lampun, are alsop two pra Kru amulets of Lampun Province which are as highly valued as the Pra Rod.Each Region has its own ‘Benjapakee’ with its own top five amulets of its region. One can also find ‘Benjapakee’ collections of one single type of amulet, such as the ‘Benjapakee’ of Look Om Sacred Powder Ball amulets or the Benjapakee of Top Five Regional Pra Pid Ta Amulets.. This is of course a Folk Tradition and so one can find the word Benjapakee used in more than just the case of the classic historical Ancient Amulets known as the classic original Benjapakee Collection.
Pra Somdej Sai Rung (Rainbow Powders) Pae 9000 Edition 2536 BE Gammagarn Takrut 3K - Luang Por Pae Wat Pikul Tong
Pra Somdej Pae Gao Pan (9000 Edition) 2536 BE - Sai Rung Ongk Kroo Takrut 3k (Rainbow Powders, 3 Takrut in Bronze/Silver/Gold) - This 'Pim Gammagarn amulet is a Most extremely sought after and highly valued classic Pim Niyom amulet in its own right, that is very rare to encounter. This Pra Somdej Pae Sai Rung Rainbow Powder Amulets are very rare to find in any edition, but for the fact this model is a Pim Gammagarn, differentiated by the arch shaped image on rear face, with 3 Takrut and is an exceptionally rare amulet.
This exhibit is s most evidently a competition or showcase masterpiece amulet, of the Highest Spiritually Estimable Value, and now becoming one of the most highly prized amulets within the Pra Somdej master Class category of Collectorship. Although the Pra Sondej Sai Rung of LP Pae are by no means cheap, they are still affordable for most people, and their Sacred Power and Beauty has always been higher than the worldly value (price)
Luang Por Pae produced the first ever sacred powder amulets in 2494 BE, sixteen years before the creation of the Somdej Pae Pan (1000). The first Pra Somdej was a Pra Somdej in two Pim models. The second time he made amulets was in 2509 BE, also with 2 different models (Pim). The first Pim has two small Sacred Yant on the rear side, (Luang Por's traditional Pu-Sorn Yantra), and the second Pim bearing the sitting image of Luang Por Pae on the rear face.
Luang Por Pae 1000, 2000, 4000 are the most highly valued and sought after (and rarest) of all the different series, because these were the editions which made the least numbers of amulets, increasing their rarity. In addition, his 5000 and now the 9000 Editions have already long since become rarities, and are very difficult to find. All Sai Rung Rainbow versions of all editions are extremely favored, and considered to be Master-Class.
There were also smaller 'Pim Kanaen' models in each edition, which had also usually two different styles of miniature Somdej amulet released; One with a full frontal image of Luang por Pae on the back, and the second tier of the Buddha's dais having a 'Thaan Singh' (lion legs). The other model has a design similar to the Thai number eight on the rear face, and no lion legs (table legs) on the Dais/Pedestal of the Buddha. Neither miniature 'Pim Kanaen' model had any lettering statiung the edition. A Total of Nine Pae Pan++ editions were made.
Tricolored Takrut are embedded between the tiers of the 3 tiered Dais upon which the Somdej Buddha sits. The back face of the amulet has a Cameo Image, and the traditional name of 'Pae' (แพ) embossed within an arched frame, with the number 9 (๙), and the word 'Pan'(พัน), meaning 'thousand', which authenticates, and states the edition.
Luang Por Pae, or, better known as Somdej Sangkarach Pae, is one of the last half century's most reverent and long-standing respected monks of the royal procession of stately esteemed monks, Who has excelled in both his behavioral practice, as well as his academic studies, and adept applied practice of Vipassana Kammathana in the Thai Tudong Forest tradition.
The amulets of this great master, have been seen to dwindle from the public amulet markets, which is due to the fact that not only Thai people have been reverie and holding his Amulets over the last decade or so up, rather that all around Southeast Asia. Even as far as western world, people have been snapping up and hiding and stashing away his Amulets like treasure that may never be found again, which is indeed becoming the case.
This has resulted in an accelerated depletion of his Amulets, despite the fact that classic Amulets made according to the official formulas such as the Pra Somdej amulet, are making numbers of up to 84,000 per edition they have still managed to begin to disappear from the public view. They are now not only becoming classics but also extreme rarities and the next decade can expect to see these Amulets becoming immensely difficult to seek out. The Pae 1000, 2000 and 4000 Editions however were made in much more limited quantities, as special releases.
Made from Pong Puttakun, (Buddhakun Powders, according to the Dtamra Pra Somdej making, using the five sacred powders made from Yantra Inscriptions (Pong Wised 5 Chanid), which were mixed with 'Pong Dork Pikul' Flower Pollens. Luang Por Pae's amulets are famous for the mass of Pong Puttakun that rises to the surface and leaves a fine layer of white mildew upon the surface, revealing empowerment by a monk with true purity of practice.
Below is a HD Video of another Pra Somdej Sai Rung from the Pae 2000 Edition, for enjoyment, comparison and study of the characteristics of Luang Por Pae Amulet
This Pra Somdej Pae Gao Pan (9000) 2536 BE, is a Historical Classic amulet, which can easily be included in the Benjapakee class of amulets under the Pra Somdej Category. This is because the Pra Somdej Category of Benjapakee Classics normally includes any top Classic which is widely accepted and has more than enough points of reference, to pass the correct Pedigree. It is one of the more highly preferred, and rarer of the mid to latter Era of Luang Por Pae amulets. It is very recommendable amulet to collect and Bucha, for indeed, the days have arrived where the Pra Somdej Luang Por Pae is an extreme rarity, and the future will see them impossible to find, and far beyond the reach of those who seek one.