May 22, 2024

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Cambodia: The love story of an Indian prince and a Naga princess

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BY-Rajeev Choudhary Author  Blogger Youtubers

If someone says that once upon a time the whole world was ruled by Hindus, then many people reject a moment! But when those people see the signs buried in the soil of history, they say that it must have been there! Recently, we made a video about the Swastika symbol, how the Swastika, the Mars symbol of Hindus, is still making its mark in different civilizations in different countries. If seen, the famous country known as Kambhoja in the Mahabharata period, Kambhoja became Cambodia today. Where even today thousands of years old Hindu culture is still standing taunting its chest singing the song of being alive with pride.

You must have heard many tales “Lela-Majnu, Soni-Mahiwal, Romeo-Juliet Shahjahan-Mumtaz. Today there is a similar story between an Indian prince Preah Thong and Naga princess Niang Nek. Which is still one of the most beautiful theatrical performances in Cambodia. Which one can see in Asia and that is Preah Thong Bong Song. Which is told to every child in Cambodia at a very young age, or say about this love story, every child of Cambodia is taught in childhood that an Indian prince and a snake girl are all of us Cambodians and Khmers. are the ancestors of the people.

The Cambodia which is known today because of the Sun Temple of Angkor Wat. Where 10 lakh tourists come annually only to see that hundreds of years ago, with what architectural technique the Hindus had built this temple. If it is also said that today a major source of income of Cambodia rests on income from only one temple, then it will not be a big exaggeration!

If seen after the Mahabharata period, the history of Cambodia is known from the seventh century. During that time when Khmer people used to rule here. During that time it was also called Khmer Empire. So powerful that the kings of this Khmer Empire considered themselves to be Chakravarti i.e. ‘King of the Earth’. The people here believe that thousands of years ago, Cambodia was a small island called Kauk Tholuk, which means the land of the thlok tree, this island belonged to the Nagas who lived in the sea. One day, there the Naga princess Soma and her subjects transformed themselves into beautiful women and came to this island. The same night, an Indian prince named Kaundinya left for the island with his followers. The prince saw the Naga princess dancing in the moonlight and proposed to marry her. The Naga princess also agreed to the handsome prince Kaundinya but she agreed under the condition that she would marry only if the Naga king, her father, would approve the marriage.

The king there liked the Indian prince and agreed to let his daughter marry him. After their marriage, the Naga king expanded to other small islands and handed over the region to Prince Kaundinya and Princess Soma as gifts. Those who were given the Khmer names Preah Thong and Neng Nek today. Cambodians or Khmers consider themselves to be descendants of this couple. That is, they are the descendants of the Indian prince Kaundinya and Princess Soma.

Khair Kaundinya and Soma started ruling there according to Hindu customs after marriage, later their children also started ruling here according to Hindu customs. Who ruled Cambodia from the 7th century to the 15th century. During this time many temples of Brahma Vishnu Mahesh Surya etc. were built here. This famous temple of Angkor Wat was constructed in the same period.

It is believed that this temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II. The picture of this temple has been printed in the national flag of Cambodia. Even today it is one of the most famous tourist places in the world and is also included in UNESCO World Heritage.

Now in such a situation, the question is that Cambodia has the largest Hindu temple in the world, but where have the Hindus who followed 100 percent Hinduism gone now? That is, Cambodia has the largest Hindu temple in the world, but why is there no Hindu there? The answer is found in Sanjeev Sanyal’s book “The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History”, it is told in this book that during the Khmer rule of about 500 years, later the state started having many wars amongst themselves. Neighboring Shyam Desh, which is called today’s Thailand, and Champa country today’s Vietnam took advantage of the mutual dispute of the state. That is, taking advantage of the arrogance and internal strife of the Khmer kings, these two countries attacked the Khmer Empire many times. And in the 15th century, this Khmer Empire was destroyed and the Hindu culture there also started disappearing, later Buddhist rule was established.

The capital of Cambodia was changed several times from the 16th to the 17th century. Finally, at the end of the year 17th century, the then Cambodian King Narodum Singhmoni i.e. King Narattam Singhmuni made the city of Phnom Phen the capital with the help of the French government. But despite this, all the signs outside and inside the palace are related to ‘Sanatan Hindu Dharma’. While entering the premises of the Rajwada, the assembled ‘Harihara’ statue of Shri Vishnu and Shiva is visible. In the main palace there are two serpents ‘Vasuki’ and ‘Takshak’ on either side of the steps.

The roof of the palace has been given the shape of a Buddhist stupa in the middle. Which they call Sumeru mountain. There are 4 faces under this Sumeru. That is, ‘Chaturmukh Brahma’ is in the palace where the king is seated, where the Ramayana and Mahabharata have been printed on all the walls inside the court. The people of Cambodia believe that the palace means Devlok. The king residing in it is a symbol of Shri Mahavishnu. Because most of the pillars of the palace have pictures of Vishnuvahana ‘Garuda’.

Apart from this, old temples ranging from 5 thousand to 1 thousand years have been discovered earlier in the countries of East Asia. In these research, a glimpse of the ancient rich culture of India has been visible. Scientists have accepted that the sea level has increased by about 500 meters in thousands of years. This proved that places like Ram-Setu, Dwarka city still exist and the characters associated with them are also true. If the debris of history is removed and the scriptures of the world are revisited, then you will see the signs of Sanatan Vedic culture everywhere. Whether it is Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Arabia to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the remains of Sanatan culture are present everywhere even today, in the form of Swastika or in the form of worship of fire. Today, even though Cambodia is a country with a population of about 20 million in terms of population, even though the world considers it a stronghold of Buddhist country. But the people here still consider themselves to be Hindu and the children of Hindu prince Kaundinya and princess Soma and see Brahma Vishnu Mahesh as their deity.

BY-Rajeev Choudhary Author  Blogger Youtubers

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