Ram’s Bridge

28 03 2006
Off late I have been in the exploration mode. No, it doesn’t mean that I am travelling to all corners of the country, but rather I’ve been exploring the world on Google Earth. I explored the entire Indo-Pak and Indo-China border areas and the Indian coastline from West Bengal to Gujarat. I must say that in all the coastlines on the eastern, southern and western parts of the country I felt that the Gujarat coast was intriguing. With swampy Kutch region towards Pakistan, the coastline creates an open mouth shape and it flanked by various inhabited and uninhabited islands. But the most intriguing aspect of the Indian coastline is the Adam’s Bridge in Tamil Nadu.

Take a look at this picture on the right taken from Google Earth (Click photo to enlarge). Look below the yellow line joining Indian and Sri Lanka. If you look carefully, you will find a cluster of rocks creating a bridge like formation connecting these two countries. This is known in the modern world as Adam’s Bridge though the Indians also know it as Ram’s Bridge. Some more pictures of this bridge can be found here.Legend has it that when Ram was going on the conquest of Lanka, the demonic kingdom, he had to build a bridge to link the Indian mainland with Lanka. He with the help of the army of monkeys built a bridge of rocks under the supervision of Nala, son of the architect-god Vishwakarma. The bridge of rocks was supposed to float on water but the gods anchored it to the sea bed, thus forming a cluster as is seen from the satellite image.

Most Hindu groups claim it as fool-proof evidence of the fact that the events described in Ramayan actually took place and scoff at claims of scholars that Ramayan and Mahabharat were nothing more than fictional stories.

Some may ask why this mythical bridge is known as Adam’s Bridge when it is claimed to have been built by Ram. The answer can be found in Christian mythology which believes that the biblical Garden of Eden was located in modern day Sri Lanka.

Archaeological studies of the area around the bridge are still under progress and some archaeologists claim that the bridge is no more than 3500 years old. Some studies have found that sea levels in this region rose by up to 20 metres to reach the level of today, thus corroborating the above theory. This 30km long stretch is being regarded as the oldest evidence of a man-made structure across the sea.

In recent times in an effort to develop this region for tourism, the Indian and Sri Lankan governments have started the Setusamudram Shipping Canal Project to create a shipping channel across the Palk Straits. The idea is to cut down shipping travel time by up to 30 hours and 400 kms as this canal project aims to prevent the ships from going all across the Sri Lankan island to cross over to the Bay of Bengal.



6 responses

30 03 2006

Hey Pras,

My mom told me abt it many years before that there is supposed to be a submerged bridge between Indian and Sri Lanka. The explorations by NASA have proven that there is a bridge but there is no conclusive proof of the fact that it was manmade. I’ve read on the Internet that more research is going on, lets see what light it sheds on the issue.


30 03 2006
No Einstine HuH

Anuj Bhai

I saw the info about this in India Today way back in 1998, if i am not wrong? I really dunno even if we know about such things why dont we take it forward as a monument.

Shatter more keys…™

28 03 2006

Amit bhaiya,

Angez log to sirf angrez log hi hote hain. Kabhi hamaare jaisa nahi sochte. Ram’s bridge… kitna sweet name hai.

Google Earth ka abhi tak kuch nahi hua hai. I have a snap of the IGI airport with me. But you know they’re smart. When the Aussie govt objected to it, they promptly obliterated their airports. How did they do it? Simple… they just showed a small cloud cover over them! Yakeen nahi aata to khud hi dekh lena. 🙂


28 03 2006

Good deal of info there. Btw, what happened to the Indian Govt. crusade against Google earth? I mean, I did see the initial reports that they were meeting Google ppl..But then, dont know what happened next..

Adam’s bridge..reh gaye angrej ke angrej..Koi achcha naam dena tha yaar..Hindi ya Tamil mein..

Hey Anuj! will get back..got to work:)


28 03 2006

So you need to explore Indian on Google Earth all the more to knw what more bridges they show on it. I can tell you for sure that its fun exploring our own country on it. I’ll write about more things I have discovered later.


28 03 2006

Google Earth!

They don’t even show Alwaye properly, and I was gonig to sue them for that! Hope they show my residence soon or they won’t be showing any bridge any more…lol…

Sounds interesting…..
May be a vampire or a ghosts can solve this mystery!
keep diving…..

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