If you want to see some of the Jatukam amulets we have in a video where we go through and talk about the ones we have, we are in the process of uploading 3 separate videos to Youtube to share the information with you.
There are many kinds of Jatukam Ramathep amulets, but basically the Jatukam Style is:
Round, flat like a coin or only moderately raised
Jatukam Ramathep on the front, or Buddha
The temple the amulet came from on the reverse, or, a sacred geometrical yant design
Jatukam is sometimes surrounded by demons
The Jatukam craze has died down recently, yet most people in Thailand are still wearing and buying these amulets – especially from the original temple where these amulets were first inspired and created. The name of the temple is Wat Mahathat. We visit often, and we buy the best Jatukam amulets they have each time we see them. We have a number of solid silver, plated silver, tri-color, solid copper, and gold Jatukam amulets in our collection. Some we will sell, well, most we will sell, but we will also keep at least one of each style for ourselves in our own collection. The value of these amulets is increasing each year as there are no more new ones being made. We have some excellent Jatukam Ramatheps – if you want the best, ask us which you should have for your own unique and rare collection.
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Many people see the name of this temple on our site and don’t know anything about it. Here is some information you might find helpful as you think about which amulets to buy.
Jatukam Ramathep amulets originated in this temple twenty-seven years ago. Most of the Jatukams we sell from Wat Mathathat were made in the Buddhist year 2550. This year we are coming up on 2557.
Jatukham Rammathep style amulets were incredibly popular in 2550. There were a number of stories that came out in the local Thailand media about people wearing Jatukam Ramathep amulets who were robbed at gun and knife-point, but who had extraordinary good luck as the bullets would not fire from the gun pointed at them, or the knife blade would not pierce their skin. Thais attributed this protection to the powers of the Jatukam amulets and a mad dash to purchase Jatukams fueled the nation for a few years. There were many robberies by criminals looking to possess other people’s Jatukam amulets. Many deaths and injuries occurred during these robberies. So much so, that the supreme Buddhist patriarch (monk) in Thailand removed himself from the process and refused to provide sacred materials for the amulets any longer. For some people this dropped the bottom out of the amulet craze, and for others, they just refocused on the original amulets only made in the city they originated, Nakhon Si Thammarat, in southern Thailand next to Surat Thani.
In 1987 the first Jatukam Ramathep amulets were developed and named for the two princes of the Srivijaya kingdom of southern Thailand (which also once included Malaysia). There are stories about the name being from the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, popular among Mahayana Buddhists of Malaysia and southern Thailand. The man starting these amulets was not a monk, but a highly revered police chief in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Khun Pan, or, Khun Phantarak Rajjadej. He believed that the Jatukam amulet he wore helped him solve a murder case.
Khun Pan died in the Buddhist year 2550. After he passed away on September 5, the Jatukam Ramathep amulets grew in popularity because of some stories I mentioned about people protected from harm that were wearing the amulets.
Wat Mahathat produced a number of special edition amulets, and some solid silver Khun Pan amulets (which we sell at ThaiAmuletSales.com) under the Jatukam Amulets section.
The Jatukam production didn’t stop there. Soon temples across the entire nation were consumed with producing as many different types of Jatukam amulets as possible. Simple clay amulets were selling for 3,000 to 5,000 Thai Baht. This is around $100 to $170 USD. Many amulets were selling for 30,000 to 100,000 Thai Baht for special editions. For Thais to spend $1,000 to $3,000 USD on amulets is really something, but many Thais did so, even taking loans out to afford such amazing amulets. Estimates put sales of Jatukam Ramathep in 2007 at over $650 million dollars US.
The desire for these amulets went unchecked. In April of 2550 a woman was killed in a stampede to make reservations for a new batch of special Jatukam amulets being manufactured by the monks at the Wat Mahathat temple in Nakhon. As a result, Thailand’s supreme patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, (secular – Charoen Khotchawat) stopped helping to create the powerful amulets.