Takrut Mai Kru, Luang Phor Kalong
Wat Khao Leam
Of all the amulets crafted and consecrated by Luang Phor Kalong, Takrut Mai Kru is reputed to be the most powerful. A devotee once went to Wat Khao Leam to pay homage to Luang Phor Kalong. After paying his respects to the elderly Venerable, Luang Phor consecrated the items he was wearing during the visit, and the devotee continued to carry them daily for his protection. Among the items, however, Luang Phor was most fixated upon the Mai Kru. When he looked at it, he seemed lost in a state of anamnesis.
Takrut Mai Kru was first released to devotees in B.E. 2500. In that year, Luang Phor had decided to build an Ubosot
It was a painstaking effort to harvest enough material for each takrut. The main body of the takrut, for example, was fashioned from the topmost section of dead bamboo that had been struck by lightning. This could only be harvested from bamboo that had bent over as a result of the damage. The next qualifying factor required an unbelievable act of provenance, as Luang Phor Kalong would have to meditate patiently nearby, waiting for elephants to walk over the parts intended for use. As one might imagine, it is not often that lightning would strike bamboo without razing it to the ground, much less causing it to break and bend. Moreover, how often would you chance upon passing elephants with a penchant for walking over those specific bamboo trees?
Luang Phor however, persevered. It was recorded in the ancient Wicha manuals of Phichai Songkram
Once the bamboo was harvested, they were chopped into 1.5-inch lengths. A hole was drilled at the end of each piece, to allow a rolled piece of copper inscribed with incantations to be inserted. Luang Phor Kalong wrote all the incantations himself. Before inserting the rolled copper, he also inserted other materials such as Phong PhraGru Bangkhunphrom
Picture example of amulets and urns dug up in Gru found in another temple
Luang Phor used 2 different styles of tying. In the first style, he tied the whole piece of takrut right up to the tip with string, covering the entire takrut. This style is named Tak Babb Maha Ut
In the other style, he used string to tie up most of the takrut, leaving a small portion of bamboo exposed at both ends. This style of tying, he named Tak Babb Prongfah
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