Luang Pu Toh (Wat Pradoochimplee)


Luang Pu Toh
Wat Pradoochimplee

Chao Khun Phra Rachsangwara Bhimonda or Luang Pu Toh Intasuwannow was born on the 27th of March B.E.2430 (1887) at Bahn Klorng Nahng Noi, Jangwat Samutsongkrahm (near Bangkok).

LP Toh became a novice at a young age at Wat Pradoochimplee. At that time, Pra ATitGahnKum was the abbot of Wat Pradoochimplee. LP Toh studied dhamma under Phra Ajahn Phrom from Wat Pradoochimplee. When LP Toh was 20 years of age, he was ordained as a monk on the 16th of July B.E.2450 (1907) by Phra Kru Sammanatamsamahtahn (Saeng) from Wat Pak Nam. Phra Kru Argatrahnusit (Porng) Wat Nuanooradit and Phra Kru Tammawirat (Chei) Wat Gum Paeng were the preceptors.

After Phra Ajahn Phrom passed away, LP Toh went to study Dhamma under Luang Phor Rong Wat Tah Gra Beua at Samut Sakhon Province. Sometime later, he went for Tudong (long forest pilgrimage) in many areas of Northern Thailand, spending many rain retreats there.

LP Toh returned to Bangkok and became the abbot of Wat Pradoochimplee. He got to know Luang Por Sod, Wat Pak Nam and they became close friends. Some time later, LP Sod accompanied LP Toh to learn under the very famous Phra Ajahn Nohng at Suphanburi Province. After studying under Ajahn Nohng for many years, LP Toh returned to Bangkok.

LP Toh was very popular and highly respected in Bangkok. Whenever there were any ceremonies such the consecration of amulets, celebrations, fund raising etc, LP Toh would always be invited, because many people would give their support just from hearing that he would be attending.

As such, LP Toh was involved in many mass consecration of amulets such as Phra Somdej Luang Phor Pae Roon Raek chanting at Wat Suthat in B.E.2494 (1951), 25 Puttawat chanting in B.E.2500 (1957), Phra Luang Pu Thuad chanting at Wat Prasat in B.E.2506 (1963), Phra Somdej 09 chanting at Wat Bang Khun Phrom in B.E.2509 (1966) and Phra Somdej Roy Phee chanting at Wat Rakang in B.E.2515 (1972) etc.

Besides the general public, the 9th or present King of Thailand and the Royal Family have great respect for LP Toh. One can see many photographs of the Royal Family taken with LP Toh.

In B.E.2463 (1920), LP Toh consecrated his first batch of powder (Neua Phong) amulets. The most popular Phim (mold) from this batch is the Phra Somdej Katoh which is very rare and expensive now. Since then, LP Toh continued to consecrate many batches of amulets of many types, such as Phra Pidta, Phra Somdej, Roop Muen and Rians etc. All of LP Toh's amulets are widely proven in their efficacy to protect people from accidents and hardship.

LP Toh passed away on the 5th of April B.E.2524 (1981) at the age of 93 years old.

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