leading to Wat Khosakaram
Present wat abbot is Achan Pheth. ( formerly from Wat Phothaimani, Chonburi, Thailand). When I visited the wat and capturing these photos ( Mac 2010 ), Achan Pheth, wasn’t around for quite sometimes, he went back to Thailand for a certain reason and the temporary wat abbot is Phra Manop, now Phra Manop is a permanent Chau Awat of Wat Champakeow, Bukit Panau, Tanah Merah.
My frens n blog readers might keep on asking, why is that I’m keep on highlighting and sharing the deserted isolated yet not popular history of Wat Khosakaram ? My answer to them is simple. This is because late Phor Mor Keaw was a former CHAW AWAT ( wat abbot ) of Wat Khosakaram. Wat Khosakaram was / is very important to Phor Mor Keaw and me.
When you visit the wat and enter the main praying hall of the wat you still can see the old portrait of Phor Mor Keaw hung at the left hand side of the bucha altar but my recent visit to the wat discovered that the photo has been removed at place on the floor - back of the bucha altar.
Phor Mor Keaw’s portrait.been removed and placed the back of the altar
According to my grandpa, Phor Luang Uwan dreamt of this Pu Kae Ruesi and ordered him to build the ruesi statue in front of the old sacred tree remaining which was covered with the BUSUT ANAI ANAI ( termite built ). Phor Luang Uwan took this as a sign of Phra Ruesi’s enlightenment and started to find the sacred old tree remaining and then the Pu Kae Ruesi @ Phra Ruesi’s statue was built near / right front of the Ubosot, exactly in front of the old sacred tree trunk remaining.
Apart from Pu Kae Ruesi statue, if you ever visited Wat Khosakaram, you will experience the rare yet weird scenery and view of the wat compound. If you are a good observant, you will notice that there’re at least 16 to 20 termites built around the wat compound.
These termites built were a natural and rare sight of this wat. Most of the kampung folks treated these termite built as sacred and no one dare to touch or destroy the built.
During Phor Than Kong’s era, Phor Than Kong used to visit and stayed at this wat regularly. According to Phor Mor Keaw, Phor Than Kong and himself stayed here to practice deep meditation,
My grandpa said, even the Phor Than Kong 5” statue, painted in red pink colour and used cement as it main material ( not the fibre one ! ) was created and blessed here by late Phor Than Chan. My grandpa was one of the gurus involved in phithi & phuthapisek ceremony.
sadhu ! sadhu !