Pic : Somdej from temple Wat Inn (BrangKunPhoon). Left to right : 16, 8 and 4 steps.
Somdej Wat Inn or Somdej BrangKhunPhoon carry the same name as Somdej Wat Rakang. Somdej is design, create and chanted by Somdej Ajahn Toh. Even the sutra to create Somdej is amended by Ajahn Toh. The sutra used to chant for somdej is know as Jinbanchor. This sutra is from Angulimalakang one of Buddha’s disciple who used this sutra taught and given by Buddha to bless a lady who is in hard labour. The original sutra is around 30 over sentences. Somdej Ajahn Toh amend the sutra into 16 sentences without reduce the effectiveness of the sutra. This is still practise in Thailand and even young children are able to recite the prayer.
Why Somdej is created in Wat Inn (BrangkhunPhoon) ? Somdej Ajahn Toh stay in Wat Inn before he is invited to be abbot of Wat Rakang. That why when he created the amulet Somdej Wat Inn is also involved in making the amulet. Three temple are involved in creating and making the amulet. They are Wat Rakang, Wat Inn and Wat Phra Keow. The mould used to create Somdej by Wat Rakang and Wat Phra Keow are the same. However, Wat Inn have a unique mould. Their somdej have 4, 8 and 16 steps. This step has a deep meaning in the amulet.
For 4 steps represent the blessing of 4 element. Earth, Water, Fire and Wind.
For 8 steps represent the eight directions. Buddhism eight directions.（八正道）
For 16 steps represent the highest level of Deva – The blessing for the Deva.
Somdej Wat Inn is famous in making holy water. It is believe that Somdej Wat Inn can cure sickness.