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sethu bridge facts

drsundaram

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This video has rocked the world Worth sharing this video to all your family and friends. Deserves archiving. "Sethu Bridge"

 

prasad1

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Myth and science behind Adams Bridge (Rama Sethu, Rama’s Bridge)
“That beautiful and lovely bridge constructed by Nala across the ocean the abode of alligators, shone brightly like a milky way of stars in the sky”

-Valmiki Ramayana Book VI : Yuddha Kanda : Chapter 22 : verse 72

Adam’s Bridge – Nature Made or Man Made:
The Adam’s bridge is a bridge like Land formation which connects Srilanka (Ceylone) and India. It spans 18 Miles across the South eastern edge of india in the Palk Strait to the present day Srilanka .

It Still remains as a mystery, whether it is natural land formation or according to Hindu belief, it is made by the Lord Rama on the period of Ramayana which is believed to happened in Treta Yuga (a period of time that began 2,165,000 years ago).

Adams Bridge (Rama Sethu, Rama’s Bridge)


Adams’s Bridge in Ramayana:
The Rama Sethu (A Sanskrit word which means Rama’s Bridge) is believed to be built by the lord Rama with his vanara sena (Army of Ape men) to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. In the epic Valmiki Ramayana Book six Yudha Kanda, this bridge is described as sethubanthan.

In Ramayana it is also mentioned about the details of how this Rama sethu had been built. According to the Ramayana the Vanara sena – The Army of Ape Man build a bridge between the Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka, with rocks and boulders.

The Bridge building project is headed by a vanara named Nala (According to legends Nala is a son of Architect of gods Vishwakarma) The Bridge building process have lasted for five days and it mentioned as 100 leagues (100 Yojanas) in length.

After the bridge was built, Rama with his army of Vanara across the ocean to Lanka. Once there, the great war happened between Ravana and Rama, Lord Rama killed the demon king Ravan and rescued his wife Sita, and returned to ayodhya.

Evidences which shows it is Man Made structure:
The research led by the former director of the Geological Survey of India Dr. Badrinarayanan, concluded that the Adams bridge AKA Rama Sethu was man-made.

Dr. Badrinarayanan and his team drilled 10 bore holes along the alignment of Adam’s Bridge. They discovered About 6 meters below the surface he and his team 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 SCUBA divers went down to physically examine the bridge. According to their observations the boulders that they observed were not composed of a typical marine formation. Dr. Badrinarayanan and his team concluded that materials from either shore were placed upon the sandy bottom of the water to form the causeway.

Satellite view of Rama Sethu bridge:
Satellite view image of Rama Sethu or Adam’s bridge was captured by NASA. NASA Images Discover Ancient Bridge between India and Sri Lanka.

Satellite-view-Adams-bridge-post


Why Rama Sethu is named as Adam’s Bridge:
Rama Sethu is not only attached with Hindu mythology, it also has it’s mythical roots in Abrahamic religions such as Christianity and Islam. As per the Islamic and christian Legends as mentioned in Bible and Quaran Adam the first man traveled in this Natural bridge to reach the Adam’s peak in Sri lanka.

The Adam’s peak in the Srilanka bears the footprint measuring 5 feet and 7 inches by 2 feet and 6 inches. Muslims and Christians believe that this footprint is that of Prophet Adam. As per Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, Prophet Adam was 60 cubits (90 feet) tall.

Many Muslim scholars believe that the first man Adam along with Eve taken out from the paradise (Heavens) by the god and kept in the Adam’s peak. Because of the momentum of his landing on earth was so strong that it is believed to have cast impression of his footprint on the rocks.

There is a tomb named Habil Quabil Dhargah in Rameswaram which also support this mythology.

As per quaran and bilblical story Habil (Abel) and Qabil (Cain) were sons of Adam and Hawwa (Eve), Qabil kill Habil and burried him in a holy place, The Habel Qabil dhargah in rameswaram is believed to be the tomb of Habil.

Adam’s Bridge, a name believed to have been given to it by an East India Company cartographer, he used the name Adam’s Bridge in his map in 1804, by considering the Abrahamic belief over the bridge.

What Science says about Rama Sethu:
Science believed this structure is natural and not made by human activity. There are certain theories which claims the reason of this bridge like structure.

The Adams Bridge is a large Tombolo (Tombolo is natural bridge like land connection which connects lands across the sea).

One theory mentions that this bridge like structure was formerly the world’s largest tombolo that split into a chain of shoals by a slight rise in mean sea level a few thousand years ago.

Another study attributes the origin of the structure to longshore drifting currents which moved in an anticlockwise direction in the north and clockwise direction in the south of Rameswaram and ThalaiMannar. The sand could have been dumped in a linear pattern along the current shadow zone between Dhanushkodi and Thalaimannar with the later accumulation of corals over these linear sand bodies.

Scientific Studies have variously described the structure as a chain of shoals, coral reefs, a ridge formed in the region owing to thinning of the earth’s crust, a double tombolo, a sand spit, or barrier islands.

 

prasad1

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US space agency NASA says pictures taken by its astronauts do not prove the existence or otherwise of a manmade Ram Setu bridge as mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

"I am not aware of any carbon dating either," said NASA spokesman Michael Braukus, refuting claims by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the agency had the Adam's bridge in Palk Strait - known as Ram Setu in India - carbon dated as being 1.7 million years old.

"Some people have taken pictures by our astronauts to make their claim. No position can be taken on the basis of these photographs in any way," Braukus said when asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the site of the proposed Rs 24 billion Sethusamudram canal project off India's southern tip.

"The age, substratum, geological structure or anthropological status of the ocean bed in Palk strait cannot be determined by the astronauts' photographs. So there is no basis for these claims," Braukus said.

Back in October 2002 too the US agency had rebutted a story circulated by an Indian news agency based on claims made by a couple of NRI websites and Hindu news services that "space images taken by NASA" had revealed "a mysterious ancient bridge in the Palk Strait".

"Remote sensing images or photographs from orbit cannot provide direct information about the origin or age of a chain of islands, and certainly cannot determine whether humans were involved in producing any of the patterns seen," NASA official Mark Hess had said then.

"The mysterious bridge was nothing more than a 30 km long, naturally-occurring chain of sandbanks called Adam's bridge," Hess had added. "NASA had been taking pictures of these shoals for years. Its images had never resulted in any scientific discovery in the area.

"The images reproduced on the websites may well be ours, but their interpretation is certainly not ours," Hess had said, referring to the NRI websites.

The report on the Internet that had appeared five years ago had also claimed "archaeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to...about 1.75 million years ago" as does the age of the bridge.

The controversy over the Sethusamudram canal project had got a new lease of life on Wednesday when Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists blocked roads all over India to protest the project that, they say, will damage Ram Setu.

The same day, the government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court in which the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said there were no historical records to prove the existence of a manmade Ram Setu. The Ramayana says Lord Ram's army had built a bridge across the sea to Lanka (now Sri Lanka) on their way to battle the demon king Ravana.

The affidavit prepared by ASI had gone on to say there were no historical records to prove the existence of Lord Ram either, sparking off a furore with the BJP alleging the affidavit had hurt the faith of millions of Hindus and the government scrambling for damage control with the promise that it would "amend its mistake" and submit a fresh supplementary affidavit to the Supreme Court on Friday.

 

prasad1

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This subject was discussed multiple times in this forum and debunked.
We can not just put the 10-year-old story and claim as a new finding.

An eminent Indian researcher, Mr. S KalyanaRaman , says that the nature of the stones used in the construction of the bridge have been mentioned in the Hindu mythological text, ’Ramayana’. He further adds that, from a geological perspective, the stones were formed after an accumulation of corals over a long period of time , like fossils.

Prabir Purkayastha, an Indian writer, in his article, has stated that the whole story of the so called discovery originated from an ISKCON website called Vaishnava news network and was further propagated by other online forums belonging to Hindu fundamentalists.

It is said that the mutual understanding between ISKCON and various other Hindu radical outfits, has led to the creation of this fraudulent piece of information to prove their claims of the bridge’s existence according to ancient mythology. Purkayastha, also feels that the news was deliberately put across with an aim to garner the acceptance of thousands of modern, well-educated Indians located across the world who have outcast these religious groups over the years.



Many readers, across various online forums, where this news was shared, have strongly disagreed to the belief that the bridge was damaged by a cyclone in the year 1480 AD. One such surfer, on a discussion forum, had quoted that “if the earth is prone to natural disasters of varying severity levels, then it’s highly impossible for a bridge that has withstood various calamities over more than a million years, to not survive a cyclone”.
 
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