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Hindu tradition has long held the
belief that the location of Adam’s
Bridge between India and
Sri Lanka was a bridge built by
their beloved deity Rama as
described in the Hindu epic the
Ramayana. It has been referred
to since antiquity as “Rama’s
Bridge” or Rama Setu. Rama is a
popular figure in Hindu mythology.
The book that chronicles his life,
the Ramayana, is a time honored
classic. It tells of a time when the
gods flew on ships through the air
and of giants and monsters that
walked the earth. Researchers
who have analyzed the Ramayana
state that it is an overambitious
work of fiction. Is that true? Or is
it possible that Adam’s Bridge is
actually the structure described in
this Indian classic?
Rama, according to the Ramayana,
was sent into exile because of a
promise his father had made many
years before. Rama was joined by
his brother Lakshmana and his
wife Sita. Through the course of a
number of unfolding events, Sita
is kidnapped by the 10-headed
demon-king Ravana. Rama, in an
attempt to rescue Seta, assembles
an army which includes a large
group of ape men, the Vanara.
It is discovered that Sita is being
held captive on the island of
Lanka. Rama, unable to move his
massive forces of ape men across
the ocean, is advised by the sea
god to build a bridge across the
water. Rama enlists the help of
the Vanara for its construction.
The Vanara build a causeway
between the mainland to Lanka,
constructing it of rocks and
boulders, which are described
as resembling mountains. The
building project is said to have
lasted for five days and to have
been 100 leagues in length. The
bridge, once completed, allowed
Rama to transport his army of
Vanara across the ocean to Lanka.
Once there, Ravana is killed and
Sita, Rama’s wife, is returned.
According to Hindu tradition,
Rama lived during the Treta
Yuga, a period of time that began
2,165,000 years ago and extended
until about 869,000 years ago.
On the surface, this claim seems
absurd. One assumption that is
often made is that Rama and
the many characters that fill the
Ramayana are men and women
as we currently know them.
This however does not explain
individuals like the 10-headed
demon-king Ravana and other
strange individuals who inhabit
the Ramayana’s pages. If you
let go of the belief, just for one
moment, that the figures described
in this epic tale were human as we
currently know them to exist, you
will see how only in this light will
all of this make sense.
To begin our assessment as to
the validity of the claim that
Adam’s Bridge is the same one
talked about in myth, let us
first look at the bridge itself.
Dr. Badrinarayanan, the former
director of the Geological Survey
of India performed a survey of this
structure and concluded that it
was man-made. Dr. Badrinarayanan
and his team drilled 10 bore holes
along the alignment of Adam’s
Bridge. What he discovered was
startling. About 6 meters below
the surface he found 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 that.
A team of divers went down to
physically examine the bridge.
The boulders that they observed
were not composed of a typical
marine formation. They were
identified as having come from
either side of the causeway. Dr.
Badrinarayanan also indicates
that there is evidence of ancient
quarrying in these areas. His team
concluded that materials from
either shore were placed upon the
sandy bottom of the water to form
the causeway.
With the creation of this
engineering marvel revealed,
we will turn our attention to
additional evidence that supports
its connection to the Ramayana,
in particular its claim to have been
constructed during the Treta Yuga.
Earlier we asked you to suspend
your belief about the nature of
the individuals portrayed in the
Ramayana. And it is not to the
gods, the monster nor the main
character Rama that we would like
to draw your attention, but instead
to the Vanara, the ape men, who
constructed the bridge for Rama.
The Vanara, according to the
Ramayana, were the children of
the gods, who were born in the
form of the ape. The gods sired
the Vanara just after Rama’s birth
in order to help Rama in his war
against Ravana.
Who were these ape men? Could
the stories of the Vanara we find
in myth be describing our earliest
ancestors? Are they talking about
us, mankind? It is entirely possible.
Around 2.5 million years ago (just
prior to the opening of the Treta
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