Phra Gru refers to a special type of amulets that have been stored in a sacred burial chamber. They are placed inside a stupa, underneath a temple’s prayer hall, or any other place deemed appropriate for preserving amulets. There they are kept for long periods of time, often many years. In this particular case, however, the Phra Gru Tham Suea is estimated to have been buried for more than a century before the forest monk Luang Por Dte of Wat Pah Maha Chanok discovered the secret burial chamber back in early 2010.
Two trays filled with approximately 200 ancient amulets (see picture below) were found hidden below the main Buddha statue of a local Buddhist temple in Sorng Pi Nong, Suphan Buri Province, Thailand.
Owing to the long aging process the amulet's outer surface as well as its inner core have been able to dry for a very long time, giving the fine texture of the clay a remarkably smooth finish. This becomes particularly clear when observing the rear side of the amulet, for it reveals a rich variety of sacred ingredients which were mixed into the terracotta figurine by hand. Furthermore, as part of an additional empowerment, a sheet of gold leaf has been applied on the amulet's front side surface. The old cave Phra Gru Tham Suea thus can be considered an ultimate collectors item of pristine quality indeed.
The invention of the Phra Gru Tham Suea amulet is accredited to the wandering hermit Por Gae Ruesi Ta Fai, a mythical seer of great renown in traditional Thai folklore. Hence, Thai effigies of this kind are all believed to be endowed with Por Gae Ruesi's mystical power in one way or another. Upon wearing this old and sacred masterpiece one will receive the ruesi's blessings in order to be able to avert danger, illness, and misfortune. Moreover, its magical qualities can bring the owner good luck in terms of business, wealth, and even love.