Here is a brief peek into the origin and background of the widely unknown Adam’s Bridge in Sri Lanka.
A natural feature of limestone shoals in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka is known as Adam’s Bridge or Rama’s Bridge or even Ram Setu are two more names for it. The Adam’s Bridge is a network of shoals and sandbars located 50 kilometres off the coast of Rameswaram in the Indian Ocean.
The legendary account goes that an army of monkeys led by Hanuman, an incarnation of Lord Ram, built the bridge to allow his army to cross across to Lanka in pursuit of the evil king Ravana, who had stolen Rama’s wife Sita.
Is there a historical value to the bridge?
This bridge is said to be a link between India and Sri Lanka. It’s also known as Rama’s Bridge since it’s said that Lord Rama and his army of Vanaras built it to get to Sri Lanka and save his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.
Many ideas abound to explain how this bridge came to be. Some think it was built by Lord Rama himself, while others believe it was made by natural forces like tidal waves or currents. Whatever the case may be, various theories abound about what happened to this bridge over time and if it still remains today.
A route used by the British Empire
The bridge was not built by humans and has existed for at least two million years.
The sandbanks and reefs that make up the Adam’s Bridge are submerged at high tide and revealed at low tide. Over millions of years, the flow of ocean currents in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay constructed the bridge.
The British utilized Adam’s bridge as an entrance point. It was used by the British to get to India.
What happened to the project of reconstructing the bridge?
In the year 2000, work on the Adam’s Bridge reconstruction project began. For Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, the bridge is a sacred site.
Because it was not going properly, the project was abandoned in 2007. There has been no progress on this project now.
From Rameshwaram to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka, the Adam’s Bridge is a network of limestone shoals. Many people think that the Hindu hero Rama built this bridge as a means of returning home after defeating Ravana and his army.