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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wat Khosakaram, Kampung Lubok Batil

Wat Khosakaram, Kampung Lubok Batil, Alor Pasir, Pasir Mas. Kelantan. Located just about 3.5km from Wat Uttamaram, Bangsek. Wat Khosakaram, also known as Wat Khokhor or Wat Pokok Sagu by local folks. This wat has a history more than 100 years old and even older than Wat Uttamaram. 

Wat Khosakaram is located in quite remote and isolated area. Not many people know about this wat location and existent. Seldom people came and wanna to advertise nor make a donation to this wat since there’re no big religious ceremony held here and the most important thing is NO AMULET produced by this wat. ( As far as I concerned ). Most of the visitors / donators were from local ( local folks and Kelantanese Chinese ).

Rows of Pokok Sagu by the roadside 
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.

Achan Pheth’s photo

Phra Manop’s photo

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.

If you have a chance to visit Kelantan’s Siamese Temple do stop by at this OLD yet HISTORIC wat. Apart of closed relationship with Phor Mor Keaw, Wat Khosakaram also interrelated with Wat Uttamaram and our late Phor Than Kong and Phor Than Chan. ( will be discussed in depth )

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 young time portrait.

Phor Mor Keaw’s  portrait.been removed and placed the back of the altar

 Another former CHAU AWAT – chief abbot of Wat Khosakaram was Phor Luang Uwan @ Phor Luang A1. According to local folks, Phor Luang Uwan  @ A1 spent almost at least 13 to 15 years as chau awat and was the person who involved in the building of the sacred PHOR KAE RUESI @ PHRA REUSI.

Pu Kae Ruesi @ Phra Ruesi’s photos

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.

Pu Kae Ruesi @ Phra Ruesi’s hut

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.  

Busut - termite builts’ photos

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. 

Pu Ruesi  with busut -- back of the statue

According to my grandpa, this rare occurrences was the sign of KERAMAT & SAKSIT ( sacred ). Phor Mor Keaw added that, his old time NAMBUN container ( tempayan / buyung ) used to keep nambun was covered with the termite built right after he disrobed and left the monkhood for the 2nd time ( last & forever until his Parinibbanna ). After the rare phenomenon, the TEMPAYAN was left untouched until now and nobody dares to move or remove the TEMPAYAN.

Holy water tempayan with busut - termite builts’ photos

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.

As mentioned above, the wat is not producing any amulet to be rented out the devotees. The only souvenir for devotees / donators available is the 5 or 7 colours holy string.  The only souvenir @ amulet that I get during the visit and after presented the CHIVORN to Phra Manop is the tiny takrut wrapped with Buddha photo.

During my recent visit to wat, Achan Phetch told me that Wat khosakaram is going to renovate its ubosot and build a Dhamma school / hall for the kampung folks, devotees and children to learn and practice the Dhamma. The devotees and Buddhist are welcome to contribute and make a donation. Good deed and gain merit !

Merely sharing !
sadhu  ! sadhu !

wie.sukhihotu !

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bro Wie,

    Been following your blog for some time. I think you are the only one who write about Phrak Kelantan dan Malaysia on internet. Biasanya banyak blog blog penjual phrak yang berkenaan tak sedalam blog Wie ni. Malaysia boleh!

    Thank you for sharing!!