Ancient Bridge from India to Sri Lanka
By R.A. Rajotte
Rama's Bridge also known as Adam's Bridge is a controversial under sea formation that runs between the Indian Mainland and the Island of Sri Lanka [Ceylon] in the Indian Ocean. In the modern era its existence was brought to light via NASA imagery which appears to show a submerged bridge connecting the two land masses.
The bridge is nearly 30 miles long and runs under a shallow sea. Some claim it is a natural formation, a collection of submerged and semi submerged sand bars. It was reportedly passable on foot up to the 1480 AD when storms deepened the channel. Local temple records indicate that Adam's Bridge aka Rama's Bridge was above sea level until it broke in a cyclone.
Located in the Palk Strait off the Southeast coast of India is a chain of shoals. Shoal and sandbars are long narrow strips of land composed over time by deposits of silt, sand, and small pebbles. Before the NASA imagery surfaced this strip of shoals was considered to be a natural formation.
The NASA satellite imagery however has revealed it to resemble more of a long broken bridge under the ocean's surface bearing little resemblance to the typical shoals and strings of land the dot the Earths surface.
The Mythology of Rama's Bridge
Hindu lore has stated that this strip of shoals was actually a bridge built by their prince Rama and is described in the Hindu epic the Ramayana. It has been referred to since antiquity as 'Rama's Bridge' or Rama Setu.
The stories within the Ramayana are somewhat fantasmagorical - for instance Rama used an army of semi - intelligent apes, known as The Vanara to build the bridge, the Vanara sound somewhat like Neanderthal or another primitive version of man.
The Ramayana tells that Nala is the engineer from the race of the ape-men known as the vanara, who was in charge of building the bridge . In fact the bridge is frequently referred to as the Bridge of Nala or in sanskrit 'Nala Setu'. Nala is described as being of greater intelligence than most of his species, he is the architect and engineer of the vanaras. He is also a warrior, having fought in the battle between the forces of Rama and those of the king of Lanka.
Considering that legends, all legends, are without exception exaggerated and aggrandized we can safely assume that there is a large element of fiction within the Hindu legends. We can also assume that in many cases, as history has certainly proven - there is an element of Truth.
There is strong and credible evidence to support the theory that Rama's Bridge is the very same bridge described by Hindu literature and that it is not a natural formation.
Historical Perspective of the Rama Bridge.
The first signs of human habitation in Sri Lanka date back about 1.75 million years ago - the Stone Age.
The age of the bridge is equal to the archaeological estimates. As per the Ramayana - the bridge was constructed in the third age of man or the "treta yuga". The treta yuga or third age of man was estimated to be 1.7 million years ago. So the time frame quoted by Indian Legend and scientific reality closely coincide.
The inclusion of semi-intelligent ape like people in this epic tale would jive with scientific reality, as this is the period of human development during which we would expect to find such creatures.
Rama's Bridge is a product of Intelligent Design.
Dr. Badrinarayanan, a former director of the Geological Survey of India conducted a survey of the alleged bridge and expressed his informed professional opinion that it was a man-made structure.
He and his team drilled bore holes along the alignment of Rama's Bridge
They found that about 6 meters, [nearly 20 feet] below the surface there was a consistent layer of calcareous sand stone, corals and boulder like materials.
His team was surprised when they discovered a layer of loose sand, some 4-5 meters further down and then hard rock formations below it.
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What the Badrinarayanan expedition found is not what a natural shoal or collection of sand bars is comprised of, what they found is indicative of intelligent design, outside the scope of natural forces.
A team of divers was also dispatched to physically inspect the bridge.
Based on the drill samples, the samples retrieved by divers and their observations, it was determined that the boulders were not composed of any typical marine formation. They were identified as having come from either side of the causeway - the India side and the Sri Lanka side as well as nearby quarries.
Dr. Badrinarayanan also indicates that there is evidence of ancient quarrying in the area and that the boulders and stones that form the land bridge are of the same type as those that would have been removed from the quarries. They speculated that materials from either shore were placed upon the sandy bottom of the water to form the base of the causeway or bridge.