The world is still baffled thinking about the mystery behind Ram Setu often called as Adam’s Bridge in English. Many Scientists including from India, have set out to solve this mystery, but Ram Setu doesn’t seem to be too easy for them to conquer.
Many Scientists have argued that Ram Setu or Adam’s Bridge is Man-made while others argues that it is natural. The debate still continues and Ram Setu or Adam’s bridge, whatever you like to call, smirks every time people argue over it.
What Is Ram Setu ?
Ramsetu is a causeway that is created across the sea connecting Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. It is nearly 30 kms in length which separates Gulf of Mannar from Palk Strait.
The bridge is 50 km long and separates the Gulf of Mannar (south-west) from the Palk Strait (northeast). Some of the sandbanks are dry and the sea in the area is very shallow, being only 1 to 10 metres deep in places, which hinders navigation. It was reportedly passable on foot up to the 15th century until storms deepened the channel: temple records seem to say that Adam’s Bridge was completely above sea level until it broke in a cyclone in 1480.
Is Ram Setu Man-Made ?
Ram Setu has much to do with Indian mythology, mainly Ramayana. As per the mythology, when ‘Rama’ faced the difficulty of crossing the sea to reach Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from Evil ‘Ravana’, this artificial bridge was built.
This bridge was made for Rama by Vanras (Ape-Men) using wood and limestone. Wood is used as base while limestone shoals on top of them.
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The detailing of the construction in the epic can be related to some scientific theories. However, it is hard to believe everything through a mythological perspective.
Interesting Floating Stones
Interesting Floating Stones Ramayana mentions that the Setu Banda was constructed with floating stones. Surprisingly, such floating stones are scattered across Rameswaram even to this day. Scientific theories suggest that some volcanic rocks do float in water. This might explain the linear formation of rocks which form this bridge.
How To reach
Rama Setu can be reached via Dhanushkodi, which is about 20 km away from Rameshwaram town. Dhanushkodi can be reached via jeeps. From Dhanushkodi beach tourists can hire boats that will take them to the sand dunes.
Dhanushkodi was once a religious town. But after the cyclone of 1964, Dhanushkodi was shattered.
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