Luang Pu Thong Wat Rachyota (Kruyai of Ajarn Jo - Great Grand Teacher)
Luang Pu Thong was the first abbot of Wat Lard Buakhao (Wat Rachyota), Bangkok. He was ordained as a monk at Wat NgernBangProm, Talingchan District, Bangkok, by Chao Kun Vinaikijjarithera, former abbot of Wat NgernBangProm, who is Pra Upacha of Luang Pu Thong. In fact Luang Pu Thong is probably one of the greatest monks that very few people have heard of. Not surprising as he chose to live a simple existance strictly following Lord Buddha’s Dharma and practicing meditation at his temple.
However during the time of King Rama 4, he was one of the most respected monks of his era. He is the disciple of Phra Archan Seng of Wat Manichonkarn (Lopburi), Phra Archan Seng was also the teacher of Somdet Phra Buddhachan Toh of Wat Rakang. He studied diligently and as a result he was invited to take up the position of Abbot of Wat Rachyota by the founder of the temple.
Luang Pu Thong passed away aged 117 years and even to this day is one of the longest living monks in Thai history.
Luang Pu Saeng
Luang Pu Thong Wat Rachyota & Phra Somdej Buddhachantoh Wat Rakang
Ajarn Jo & Wat Rachyota Committee
Ajarn Jo lighting up the candle for the Waikru of Luang Pu Thong
Picture of Luang Pu Thong Wat Rachyota & Luang Phor Lui
Both Luang Pu Thong & Somdet Phrabuddhachantoh( Somdej Toh) are from the same era. The disciples whom they taught, are all legendary monks whose name has spread all over the world and the prices of their amulets are no cheap either such as,
1)Luang Pu Suk Wat PaklongMakthamkao, Chainat
2) LuangPu Ler Wat Saochango, Chachingsao
3) Luang Phor Jong Wat Natangnok, Ayuthaya
4) Luang Phor Kong Wat Bangkrapong
5) Luang Phor Chat Wat Bangkrabao
6) Luang Phor Sod Wat Paknam, Paicharoen
7) Phor Than Klai Wat Suan Kan, Nakhon Sirithammarak(金口和尚)
8) Luang Phor Thongyu Wat Mainongpraong Samutt Sakorn
9) Luang Phor Yee Wat Sattaheep (Disciple of LuangPu Ler)
10) Luang Phor Poch Wat Rayotha (2nd abbot)
11) Phraku Kitti Witmon Wat Rayotha(3rd abbot and nephew of LuangPu Thong)
12) LuangPhor Parn Wat Bangnomko Ayuthaya (Learnt knowledge of Kom)
13) LuangPu Preak Wat King Keow (Close disciple)14) LuangPu Rod Prachinburi
15) LuangPu Patch Wat Samplum
Luang Phor Lui Wat Rachyota(Lineage of Luang Pu Thong) & His Undecayed Body
Miracles 1: Decades ago the temple was surrounded by many migrants from India. They often entered the temple grounds to steal fish from the pond. Therefore, Luang Pu Thong summoned spirits to protect the habitat, and thereafter thieves would only trawl bones of the deceased. This was sufficient to frighten would be thieves away. It is also said that many of the fish transformed into leaves, gaining considerable respect for the monk.
Miracles 2: Many people who are suffering from a deadly outbreak of Cholera visited Wat Lard Buakhao (Wat Rachyota) to ask for help from Luang Pu Thong. It was recorded that his sacred water saved countless lives from the deadly disease.
Miracles 3: One of Luang Pu Thong's most renowned abilities was the exorcism of those haunted by ghosts or cursed with black magic. It is recorded that many people would visit his temple to seek a cure from such inflictions.
Miracles 4: A youngster was cured by Luang Pu Thing who used a sacred Thai herb “Plai” whilst reciting sacred spells.
Miracles 5: Turn real and gigantic crocodile into ants size in front of countless people.
Archan Chek Wat Rachyota(Lineage of Luang Pu Thong)
Wax Figure of Luang Pu Thong Wat Rachyota