The Bridge joining India and Sri Lanka, photo credit : NASA

The discussion about RamSetu and it’s existence has always been a controversial one. The bridge also known as Adam’s Bridge Globally, holds a big importance in the hindu religion, first mentioned in Ramayana which dates back thousands of years ago, written by Valmiki, where RamSetu is deemed as the path made by Vanara Sena – the devotees of Lord Rama, to help him rescue his wife Mata Sita from the evil King Ravana.

Art depicting Lord Rama with his VanarSena constructing The RamSetu bridge , Photo Credit – Wikipedia

It has always been a subject of debate whether this bridge was really Man-Made or natural, with many people from both side of aisles giving their arguments.

S. Badrinarayanan, a former director of the Geological Survey of India, said :

It is not possible for Adam’s Bridge to be a natural creation, because of the presence of a loose sand layer under corals for the entire stretch. Coral which typically forms above rocks. A thorough analysis was not conducted by the Geological Survey of India before undertaking the project.

Source : Wikipedia

This led to outrage among the political parties and various others affiliation involved. In 2007, a publication of the National Remote Sensing Agency said that the structure “may be man-made”.

Geographical Depictions of RamSetu

In a 2008 court case, a spokesman for the government stated the bridge was destroyed by Rama according to the scriptures. This claim has been rejected by other observers.In connection with the canal project, the Madras High Court in its verdict stated that the Rama Sethu is a man-made structure.

However, it still wasn’t widely discussed until the Science and Discovery channel weighed in with it’s research, it aired a promo like footage discussing the possible explanations for RamSetu .

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Promo aired by the science channel used satellite imagery from NASA and other pieces of evidence to prove the existence of Ram Setu. The promo explained that the rocks connecting India and Sri Lanka are sitting on a sandbar, also known as a shoal and the investigators believe that the sandbar is natural, but the stones sitting on top of that sandbar, are not. The promo featured Dr Alan Lester, a renowned Geologist, who said that “there are Hindu legends that Lord Rama placed a bridge here connecting India to Sri Lanka”.He further adds  “there are stones that have been brought from afar and set on top of sand bar island chain”The ‘string of pearl’ as one investigator puts it, connects Dhanushkodi in India with Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. To ascertain the legitimacy of the findings, the researchers used techniques to date the sand and the stones. An Archaeologist featuring in the promo, Chelsea Rose said, “the rocks on top of the sand actually predate the sand”. Scientific analysis reveals, claimed the promo, that the rocks are 7,000 years old but the sand is only 4,000 years old.The promo dates the construction of Ram Setu sometime 5,000 years ago and also called it a superhuman achievement.

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It still remains one of the most talked about subjects, a brilliant example of masterful creation

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