Monk-inspired amulets fly off the cabinets as locals hope for lottery success

Over 2,500 followers and fortune-seekers yesterday thronged Phatthanathammaram temple, also referred to as Ban Dan Chong Jom temple, in Gab Cheing district, Surin, to get their hands on monk-inspired commemorative amulets. These amulets had been being distributed to boost funds for the construction of the largest statue ever made within the likeness of Luang Poo Heng, a well-known monk who is deeply revered in Thailand’s southern Isaan region.
These sacred tokens bore the numbers 5,four, and 1, a sequence believed to be a ‘lucky quantity,’ which many hope to use within the upcoming lottery draw. Believed to be a winner, according to a Chinese vlog that speculates on ‘lucky numbers,’ the sequence has stirred curiosity, triggering an inflow of locals and monk devotees, wanting to strive their fortunes.
The consecration ceremony for these amulets happened that day, led by Luang Poo Heng, a venerable ninety six yr previous monk and abbot of Phatthanathammaram temple, alongside other senior monks. A visiting crowd of two,500 received these amulets free of cost, and folks who couldn’t make the ceremony have been buying or renting them from others for 200 to 300 baht each. Those with the numbers 8 and 9 fetched the next price of 5,000 baht, and those with 168 on them are selling for a powerful 10 thousand baht apiece, reported Sanook.
Unconventional hanging feature of these amulets is the variability, with many produced from totally different materials and colours obtainable for the devotees. There’s a large assortment to choose from, together with amulets made from silver with a gold-plated face that’s painted pink, simple silver amulets with pink and mountain herb paint, these made with bone with red and mountain herb paint, surprise pieces with ninety six diamonds and many more.
This initiative will contribute to the bills for the erection of the largest sculpture in the world in Luang Poo Heng’s likeness. This distinctive sculpture might be inaugurated at present. It will further be adorned and embellished earlier than a grand consecration ceremony on August eleven, which also occurs to be Luang Poo Heng’s birthday..

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