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The main road leading to the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya will now be named after former Chief Minister, late Kalyan Singh.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya said that this would be a tribute to the contribution of the late leader in the Ayodhya movement and his commitment to the Ram temple.
One road in Lucknow, Prayagraj, Bulandshahr and Aligarh would also be named after Kalyan Singh.
"The PWD department will soon complete the formalities in this regard," Maurya told reporters.
Kalyan Singh died in Lucknow on Saturday night after a prolonged illness. (IANS/SB)
Keywords: Ram Janmabhoomi, Ram Mandir, Ayodha.
Ayodhya, which is all set to be catapulted on to the world tourist map, will soon have a high-speed train between Delhi and Ayodhya. The superfast train will cut the travel time to just three hours between Delhi and the holy city.
Anoop Kumar Agarwal, executive director of National High Speed Rail Corporation, visited Ayodhya last week to finalise the site for the railway station.
He said that there is a "plan to directly connect the city of Lord Ram with the national capital". An aerial survey has been done and the plan has also been approved by the Centre.
A 130km railway track will be laid connecting Ayodhya to Lucknow, which will be part of the 941.5km high-speed railway corridor linking Delhi to Varanasi via Agra-Lucknow-Allahabad. A portion of high-speed train railway corridor may go underground in Lucknow and Agra, the official said.
"National High Speed Rail Corporation will begin work as soon as we receive a no-objection certificate from the AAI. It will take seven years for completion of the project," he added.
Keyword: Railway, Ayodhya, Delhi, High-speed train
By- Khushi Bisht
Ayodhya, well known as the birthplace of Lord Rama, has a special meaning for certain Korean people, as numerous people believe they can trace their roots back to the Indian city. According to legends, “Suriratna,” also known as “Heo Hwang-ok,” was an Indian princess, who voyaged from Ayodhaya to Korea approximately 2000 years ago, and married a South Korean king named “Kim Su-ro” of Geumgwan Gaya, of the Karak Dynasty.
The pair eventually established the Karak dynasty in what is now South Korea’s Gimhae region. They had 12 children, ten of whom were given the surname Kim and two who were given the surname Heo. This, too, has a backstory. In Korea, the surname Kim is fairly prevalent, and King Kim Su-ro is thought to be the patriarch of the Kim dynasty. In Korea, it is customary for children to inherit their father’s surname. However, tradition has it that the queen was disappointed that her kids couldn’t use her surname, so the monarch permitted two of their children to use her name “Heo,” as their surname which is still used today.
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Princess Suriratna, also known as Heo, was the very first queen of the Geumgwan Gaya dynasty, and a considerable number of Koreans claim to be descended from her. She is the ancestor of many Koreans, particularly the Gimhae Kims and Heo clans.
Although many people think the tale of the Indian princess is mythological, Kim Byung-mo, an anthropologist was able to prove that Ayuta was in fact Ayodhya. This narrative of the ‘Ayuta’ kingdom from where the queen originated is also mentioned in ‘Samguk Yusa,’ which is one of the earliest ancient historical collections of the legends.
It was only until a party of Koreans arrived in Ayodhaya to investigate the origins of the queen that India learned about it. In quest of solutions, a Korean team arrived in Ayodhaya in 1997. Despite the fact that Indian history does not mention such a visitation, In 2001, a memorial honoring Queen Heo Hwang-ok was created in Ayodhaya. The stones for the memorial were provided by South Korea and in 2001, the cities of Ayodhaya and Gimahae formally joined as “sister cities.” The Korean delegation has been visiting the memorial every year since it was established. They honor the monarch of Ayodhaya and greet him. They feel as though they’ve arrived at their maternal home after meeting him, and thus form an emotional bond.
In the year 2016, the Korean delegation recommended that the monument should be developed. Akhilesh Yadav, the previous chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, agreed to the suggestion. On the occasion of Diwali in 2018, South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook lay the foundation stone for the memorial’s extension and renovation. She paid her respects at the Queen Heo Memorial and joined Yogi Adityanath (the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh), in an extravagant Diwali celebration in Ayodhya that featured numerous beautiful cultural acts.
Each year, individuals claiming to be descendants of the queen travel to Ayodhya to pay homage to the queen at her birthplace. Many people also claim that Queen Suriratna hailed from the southern Indian state of Kerala. She was said to be a Tamil princess from Kanyakumari, which was originally known as ‘Ayuta.’ There’s some controversy over where she’s from and how she ended up in Korea.
This narrative was adapted into a historical Korean drama called Kim Su-ro. Even today, in Gimahe, Koreans perform celebrations to commemorate the King and Queen’s wedding. The tomb of the Queen is wonderfully maintained in the city of Gimahe. Descendants of the Karak Dynasty have still conserved the stones utilized by the Queen to make her boat stable throughout her sea trip from India to Korea, and the Karak dynasty has kept them.
According to certain claims, based on DNA samples study there is a genetic relationship between some Indian and Korean communities. Now, we can say that Korea and India have had an excellent connection for over 2,000 years. The Korean government has also utilized this anecdote to promote anti-racism campaigns.
Five water bodies linked to the Ramayana era will be rejuvenated in the temple town of Ayodhya.
According to a statement by the Jal Shakti Ministry, an 18-month project called ‘Rejuvenation of five water bodies, Ayodhya Public Art Project and Ayodhya Community Engagement for Sustainable Development’ will soon be launched.
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Under the ‘Jal Dhara’ project, of the 108 water bodies from the Ramayana era, the development authority has identified five critical ponds that include — Lal Digghi, Fatehganj, Swami Ramji Das Ashram Talab, Sita Ram Mandi Kund, and Brahma Kund — under the ‘Namami Gange’ project to ensure environmental sustainability and raising tourism potential.
Under the ‘Ayodhya Arts Project’, a new ecosystem will be created which will integrate art into everyday life.
Vishal Singh, vice-chairman of Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) said that “The project will motivate people to preserve their environment and heritage. Wastewater, stormwater, sewage and run-off water and effluents flowing into natural water bodies will be treated.”
Another important project for interception and diversion of drains and sewage treatment works in Faizabad town, will be taken up by the Jal Nigam, which entails Rs 221.66 crore, including 15 years of operation and management, according to the Jal Shakti Ministry statement. (IANS/KB)