January 21, 2010 4:25:59 am
A Professor Emeritus of Hanyang University and national archeologist from Korea,Prof Byung Mo Kim shares a genetic connection with Ayodhya.
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, said Prof Kim.
The archaeologist,whose work on the princess of Ayodhya marrying the prince of Koreas Kara dynasty in 4th century AD has received widespread recognition,is on his fifth visit to the Holy city in search of more evidence for his study.
On his three-day visit to the state,he not only visited Ayodhya but also made a slide presentation on historical evidences of cultural links between Ayodhya and Korea,on being invited by the state governments Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan. The queen of Koreas biggest dynasty Hoh was the daughter of Ayodhya and in that manner,Ayodhya is like our mother city. Princess Ho travelled 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, said Prof Kim.
The twin fish,which is the state symbol of Uttar Pradesh and is found on almost all the ancient buildings of Ayodhya,is the biggest clue to the link and the route undertaken by Princess Hoh,says the professor. 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, said Prof Kim.
But,it is not this connection alone that has brought the archaeologist here as he also seeks a cultural connect between Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Kimhae city in Korea.
For the last 40 years,I have been tracing the route taken by the princess between Ayodhya and Kimhae city and after five visits,I have all the evidence to culturally connect the two cities.
Nearly six years ago,the Korean government had declared Ayodhya as the sister city of Korea and a monument in the memory of Princess Hoh was also established here in the city.
The Kara clan is the biggest community in Korea and we like to visit our queen mothers place. Through these visits,we are making attempts to talk to the Uttar Pradesh government to open up their doors for strengthening cultural relations between the two countries, said Prof Kim.
Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan director Dr Y P Singh said the states culture department is making all efforts to help the Koreans find their missing links.
Through these interactions,we have been able to find new facets of Ayodhya and now in addition to being Lord Rams birthplace,the city has another significance attached, said Singh.k