Is Ram Setu Real? 12 Mysterious Facts About the Adam’s Bridge Connecting India and Sri Lanka
An American science channel on Tuesday claimed that the Ram Setu also known as Adam’s Bridge and which was claimed to be built by Lord Rama in the Ramayana to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana, the evil king of Lanka is a man-made bridge. In a promotional video released on Tuesday by Discovery Communications-owned Science Channel, said that its explorers have found that the bridge located between the landmass of India and Sri Lanka appears to be man-made. The debate about this structure has been ongoing for some time and the controversy about Setu Samudram Project seems to have been laid to rest now with this new discovery. According to this promotional video Ram Setu is a real man-made bridge that connects India and Sri Lanka. Here are some trivia and mysterious things about the Ram Setu or Adam’s Bridge.
The promo of the new show ‘What on Earth’ to be aired on Science Channel offered quite a number of hints to the viewers about the origin of the Ram Setu bridge with quite a few scientists and archaeologists believing it to be man-made. The video also shows geologist Dr. Alan Lester saying that the rocks of the bridge is 7000-years-old while the sandbar is only 4000-years-old, suggesting that the rocks were brought from elsewhere. Here are some unique and mysterious things about the Ram Setu. Ramayana and Ram Setu Could be True, Claims American Science Channel
Watch the video here:
— Science Channel (@ScienceChannel) December 11, 2017
Subramanian Swamy who challenged the Setu Samudram project in the Supreme Court also tweeted
Going to visit the site soon
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 12, 2017
Here are the mysterious facts about Ram Setu.
1.Ram Setu or Rama’s Bridge is a causeway created across the sea connecting Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka.
2.The bridge is 50 km long and separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait. Some of the sandbanks are dry and the sea around the area is very shallow, being only 1 to 10 meters (3 to 30 ft) deep.
3.The bridge was reportedly passable on foot up to the 15th century until storms deepened the channel. Temple records suggest that Adam’s Bridge or Ram Setu was completely above sea level till 1480 when it was broken by a cyclone that hit the area.
4.Geological evidence suggests that the bridge was a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.
5.The bridge was first mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana, a Hindu epic and is believed to be the bridge built by Lord Rama’s Vanara Sena (monkey army) with instructions from Nala to reach Lanka and rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana.
6.Ram Setu is taken as the only archaeological and historical evidence of Ramayana.
7.Ram Setu is also called Adam’s Bridge, Nala Setu, and Setu Banda.
8.Scientific studies reveal that the bridge is made of limestone shoals and is a linear sequence of coral reefs. It is made of floating rocks that are found scattered across Rameswaram and scientific theories suggest that some volcanic rocks do float on water.
9.The bridge is under the water now but the water is shallow in this part of the sea making navigation impossible and the ships have to take another roundabout route to reach Sri Lanka.
10.Oceanography research suggests that the bridge is 7000 years old which tally with the carbon dating of beaches near Dhanushkodi and Mannar island with the supposed date of Ramayana.
11.The Setu Samudram Project is a proposed bridge to be built over the Palk Strait. The objective was to have a shortcut route from Pamban Island to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka.
12.Hindus believe that Ram Setu is a holy site and hence no bridge should be built over it. From the perspective of science, the bridge might destroy the natural reefs which had existed for thousands of years.
Watch a video of the popular animated movie Ramayana:
According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, the bridge which later came to be known as Ram Setu was built by his Vanara Sena (monkey army) under the guidance of Nala who was its architect. The bridge was built of floating stones which had the name of Lord Rama engraved on it which made it unsinkable. Apparently, Lord Rama prayed to the ocean to provide a path to Lanka from India so that he can go and rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana who was the king of Lanka.