An American science channel on Tuesday, 12 December 2017, restarted the debate on the Ram Setu, saying that there exists evidence suggesting that the bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka was man-made not natural.
Science Channel, as part of a promo for an upcoming show titled What on Earth, has interviewed an archaeologist who says, “The rocks on top of the sand actually pre-date the sand. So there is more to the story.”
This adds credence to the Hindu religious text in the Ramayana which claims that the Ram Setu bridge was constructed under the guidance of Lord Rama. The bridge currently connects Pamban island in India’s Tamil Nadu state with Sri Lanka’s Mannar island (which was man-made).
All of this hints that while the sand formation was natural, the rocks (that are said to be 7,000 years old) have been placed there.
The Ram Setu, also known as Adam’s Bridge, is wrapped in mystery and mythology. As mentioned in a Hindustan Times report, it’s a series of limestone shoals bridging the 30-kilometre gap between India and Sri Lanka across the Gulf of Munnar.
There are different views on the history and legacy of the Ram Setu. One version says that there was a legitimate land connection between India and Sri Lanka during the Ice Age, while another has said that Sri Lanka was part of the mainland Indian sub-continent, and broke away about 1,25,000 years ago. Hindu mythology has it that followers of Lord Rama built the bridge to felicitate the rescue of his kidnapped wife Sita.
A report by News18 said that the depth of the sea in this stretch varies between three feet and 30 feet.
In 2008, the then Congress-led central government told the Supreme Court that there exists no bridge between India and Sri Lanka, and that if Lord Ram built one, he must have also destroyed it later. As reported by The Times of India in July 2008, the Centre acquiesced with ally DMK’s position in the Sethusamudram case.
Source – First Post.