October 07, 2018

Why 60 lakh Koreans consider Lord Rams Ayodhya their maternal home?

Korea and Ayodhya have a shared history. Shocked? Yes, this is as true as it gets. What is more shocking is that these two millennia-old ties which were only discovered in last decade. Are wondering what are the ties? We all know that Ayodhya the city where Lord Rama was born and it is considered to be one of the holiest cities in India.

The holy city of Ayodhya, play host to hundreds of South Koreans every year. So what brings them to India? They come to pay their tributes to the legendary queen Heo Hwang-ok. What was their queen doing in Ayodhya? It all sounds rather too mysterious. But the story will most definitely shock you.

As per recorded history of Korea which has traces in Bharat (India) too, around 2000 years ago, Indian princess Suriratna from Ayodhya traveled to South Korea and married a Korean king, Kim Suro. Suriratna also known as Queen Huh (in Korea) of the Gaya dynasty (57 BC – 668 AD), traveled for three months by sea, following a suggestion of her father, to marry the founder of Karak kingdom. Her father was very intelligent and could foresee future and turn of events that could help in shaping the incidents in favorable manner. He also saw Bhagwan in his dream giving him divine advice to marry her daughter with the prince of Korea. Their life story was described in a famous history book Samguk Yusa (History of Three Kingdoms) written by a monk Iryon (1206 AD – 1289 AD).

Suriratna was 16 when she married prince Kim Suro of Kimhye’s kingdom. The Kimhae dynasty was so much respected by locals that the name of the country got it’s name from Kimhae as Korhae (Goryeo). Suriratna spent 41 years of her life for the welfare of Korea, died when she was 57 years old.

Interestingly, Queen Huh’s tomb in South Korea has a pagoda in frontage, which is built with stones and believed to have brought from Ayodhya. Even to this day, around seven million Koreans with surnames Kim and Huh from (Kimhae) Gimhae, and Lee from Incheon, trace their ancestry back to the royal Indo-Korean couple. People belonging to Karak clan comprise of at least 10% of overall Korean population and most of them are placed at high positions in Korea.

On the other hand, a monument has been built in memory of Hwang Huh on the picturesque banks of river Saryu in Ayodhya. Built in Korean tradition, the monument has a three-metre high stone weighing 7,500 kg.

That was the reason when some years ago on his visit to India, President Roh Moo-Hyun said “We are cousins” when he met Indian delegation in Delhi.

Koreans believe that the lineage of Suriratna and Kim Suro controlled various states of Korea in 7th century and it was their relatives who were rulers of these states.

Karak dynasty hold high esteem among locals and there are many top positions occupied by Karak people in the ministry of Korea today. One of the Ex-Presidents of Korea belonged directly to same lineage. Karak people also hold top places in several places across globe.

Though there are many ancient Korean queens who are revered by locals, among them Queen Huh (Heo) is respected the most for her knowledge and intelligence.

Korean Ex-President like Kim Dae-jung, Ex-Prime Ministers Hiyo Jiyong and Kim Jong-pil belonged to revered Karak clan. The respect towards Suriratna is so deep, the Korean government has managed to save and restore big stones that were used by Suriratna to maintain the balance of boat. Kimhae has big statue of Suriratna (Queen Huh) at the central place of the city. The statue is remembrance of the fact that piousness of Hinduism and its teachings is respected by all in the form of Queen Huh for her part in shaping the future of Korea and its prosperity.

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