Over 60 lakh Koreans consider Lord Rama’s Ayodhya as their maternal home
Ayodhya is one of the holiest cities across the entire territory of India. In fact, countries with mammoth Hindu population like Nepal and Bhutan also consider Ayodhya as holy and sacred. But did you know that the Koreans, too, consider Ayodhya as a sacred place to the extent of considering the Ram janmabhoomi as their maternal place?

According to a study, it has been revealed that the ties between Ayodhya and South Korea dates back to two millennia. And it was such an important relation that South Koreans still visit the holy ground even now! They come to pay their tributes to the legendary queen Heo Hwang-ok. But again, what was their queen doing in Ayodhya? The recent study has the answer to all our curiosities.

Often deemed as a paradise on earth, the city of the Ayodhya is believed to be in existence since thousands of years. The Korean link to the place dates back to 48 AD when, according to legends, Queen Suro or princess Heo Hwang-ok made a journey from the city of Ayodhya to Korea. Suro was carrying a stone which is believed to have calmed the seas while traveling.

Legends also state that due to the stone she reached Korea safely on a boat. She went on to become the first queen of King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya.

Moreover, Suro was only 16 when she got married to King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya. This is the reason more than 70 lakh people in Korea consider the holy city of Ayodhya as their maternal home.

The Koreans are further of the view that the Princess was the mother of the descendants who helped to bring together various Korean kingdoms in the 7th century. And ever since that happened, Karak went on to become the largest clan in Korea.

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According to Prof Byung Mo Kim, Professor Emeritus of Hanyang University –

“The queen of Korea’s biggest dynasty Hoh was the daughter of Ayodhya and in that manner, Ayodhya is like our mother city. Princess Ho traveled by sea route and married King Kim Suro of Kara dynasty. He was the first king and the entire Kara clan, which comprises over about two-third the population of Korea are its descendents.”
Further saying that the twin fish stone that they Princess was believed to be carrying is the state symbol of Ayodhya, the professor said –

“I have pictorial evidences. The twin fish symbol is originally from the Meditarrenean states and it travelled to this part of the world and settled around Lucknow. But the same twin fish symbol can also be seen in ancient buildings in Nepal, Pakistan, China and Japan and the gate of royal tomb of King Suro in Kimhae city in Korea.”

Establishing a relation between himself and Lord Rama, the professor said –

“I share my genes with the royal family of Ayodhya. Travellers from both these countries not just traded goods, but also genes. And I hail from the Kara dynasty, whose first woman was the princess of Ayodhya, who married the first Kara king. Her brothers went on to become the Kings of Ayodhya and this is how I am genetically connected to the holy city.”

The legend states that the queen died at the age of 157.

By: +Prof: Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary 

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