Jatukam Ramathep Amulets | Who Are They?

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[Page Updated 3 March 2024]

Jatukam Ramathep and Amulet History

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In Buddha’s year 800, there was a lot of war in Asia. The king of Siam (Thailand) had 2 royal Princes – Jatukam and Ramathep. The king of Siam conquered Sri Lanka and was in possession of some sacred relics (remnants) of Siddhartha Buddha himself. The two princes were put in charge of protecting the Buddha’s relics.

Enemies were conspiring to take the holy Buddha relics. The two princes headed by sea to Sri Lanka. On the way, a wicked storm came and their ship was sunk. Everyone died, except for the two princes. They ended up on the fertile soil of Nakhon Si Thammarat in South Eastern Thailand near Trang and North of Narathiwat.

The princes made a new home there in Nakhon. They built a large Buddhist temple, “Wat Phra Mahathat” – the world-famous temple in Nakhon si Thammarat, where the Buddha relics are now (still) housed hundreds of years later.

For many years people searched the grounds at Nakhon Si Thammarat’s temple to find the relics. The stories of the princes and the relics were eventually found.

White Jatukam Ramathep pendant with silver plated case.
Ornate Jatukam Ramathep pendant from Nakhon si Thammarat’s Wat Mahathat Temple. Silver-plated ornate case. We still have 1 like this. :P

Later, the people joined the princes’ names into one calling them together – Tao Jatukam Ramathep when offering prayers. Believers think those praying to Tao Jatukam Ramathep will be blessed with a happy life and better in all aspects in everyday work.

Characteristics of Jatukam Ramathep Amulets

  • round
  • front features a man usually, sometimes a Stupa (Chedi) from Wat Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat province of southern Thailand
  • can feature Khun Paen, a policeman, swinging a sword
  • usually features Jatukam Ramathep – a fictional combination of 2 brothers
  • Jatukam Ramathep is usually sitting with legs bent, one resting on the ground, one vertical
  • JR’s hand or elbow usually resting on the right knee
  • front can have Rahu Demons, reverse side almost always has them – often in a circle around the edge
  • JR always wears a hat or crown, but the style varies
  • intricate geometrical yant designs on the front and especially the rear

Wat Phra Mahathat

The temple is located on Ratchadamnoen Road in Tambon Nai Muang, Ampur Muang of Nakhon Si Thammarat province in Thailand’s southeast of Surat Thani and north of Trang and Satun on the eastern coast. This is a very important historical site.

The stupa (point at the top of the chedi) is 55.78 meters in elevation. It has an overt Sri Lankan Buddhist style.

Over the entranceway, Wat Phra Mahathat are statutes of Tao Kadtukam (Jatukam) and Tao Ramathep, the guardian gods of the holy Buddha relics housed within.

This is the Wat Mahathat Theravada Buddhist temple located in Nakhon Si Thammarat, and the home of Jatukam Ramathep pendants we sell at ThaiAmuletStore.com.
This is the Wat Mahathat Theravada Buddhist temple located in Nakhon Si Thammarat and the home of Jatukam Ramathep. ©ThaiAmuletStore.com

The original Jatukam pendants were 5 centimeters in diameter and were created in 1987. Since that time a number of miraculous events have happened to people wearing this pendant and it gained a lot of respect. In particular – wearers of the pendant were protected from harm in many instances.

In one case, the guard at a bank was almost killed by robbers of the bank – but their gun misfired 3 times.

The guard was unharmed. He attributed it to the prayers and devotion he had for the Jatukam pendant he wore faithfully around his neck. There were then many reports of similar good fortune over the years starting very heavily in 2005-2006.

The maker of the pendant – Khun Phan, was a maker of the amulets. He was a highly respected police Major General who died at the age of 108 on 9/5/2006. He was so loved and respected for his selfless acts and ruthless criminal hunting to protect the public that he was given a Royal Cremation Ceremony where over 200K people came to the Wat Phra Mahathat temple in Nakhon.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the cremation ceremony. The funeral was under the patronage of Their Majesties the King and Queen.

Upon Khun Phan’s death, the prices of Jatukam pendants have increased much higher especially those created by him. Over the next couple of years, many Buddhist temples made Jatukam pendants to commemorate Jatukam Ramathep and Khun Pan.

The Jatukam pendants we sell at this site were created in Nakhon Si Thammarat and were for the Wat Phra Mahathat temple itself.

Fund proceeds from the Jatukam go to building and repairing of temples, pagodas, medical supplies, education funds, quarters for the monks, building libraries, renovating temples, poor children and welfare services.

Jatukam told the devotees that those who pray to them and wear their pendants have been foretold that they must act good to receive good consequences and to fulfill good deeds and merits whenever their prayers have been granted.

Therefore, Jatukam images remind them to do good deeds and merits, thereby their devotees shall be filled with loving-kindness and compassion and enjoy protection against ill health, and predominantly – crimes against them.

Jatukam Ramathep pendants are worn by tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people in Thailand. The pendants are especially worn during ceremonies and special days.

Since Jatukam pendants became popular, there have been many styles of new pendants that have come out that are similar. There are Luang Phor Tuad Jatukam style amulets, Luang Pu Jumnien Jatukams, Pra Bit Tar Jatukams, and many others.

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