Space images taken by NASA reveal a mysterious ancient bridge in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. The recently discovered bridge currently named Adam’s Bridge is made of a chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long.
The bridge’s unique curvature and composition by age reveal that it is man-made. The legends, as well as Archeological studies, reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the primitive age, about 1,750,000 years ago and the bridge’s age is also almost equivalent.
This information is a crucial aspect for an insight into the mysterious legend called Ramayana, which was supposed to have taken place in treat yuga (more than 1,700,000 years ago).
In this epic, there is a mention of a bridge, which was built between Rameshwaram (India) and the Srilankan coast under the supervision of a dynamic and invincible figure called Rama who is supposed to be the incarnation of the supreme.
This information may not be of much importance to the archeologists who are interested in exploring the origins of man, but it is sure to open the spiritual gates of the people of the world to have come to know an ancient history linked to the Indian mythology.
Sri Lanka History
The first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the Stone Age, about 1.750.000 million years ago. These people are said to have come from the South of India and reached the Island through a land bridge connecting the Indian subcontinent to Sri Lanka named Adam’s Bridge. This is related so in the epic Hindu book of Ramayana.
According to Hindu legend, the bridge was built to transport Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, to the island to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.
For Muslims, Adam’s Bridge is a giant causeway.
The bridge took its name from an Islamic tradition that the Garden of Eden was located in Sri Lanka. Sri Pada, a Sri Lankan mountain with a footprint-shaped mark at its peak, is often called Adam’s Peak, and is identified with the place where the first man fell to Earth after his expulsion from Eden.
(In several Muslim hadiths, Adam is described as standing 60 cubits tall—over 90 feet!—which explains his giant footprint.) Adam’s Bridge, then, was the path he took as he journeyed to mainland Asia.
For Hindus, the bridge was built by a monkey army.
Scientists aren’t sure what formed this unusual ribbon of shoals. Is it a ridge formed by a thinning of the earth’s crust in the Palk Strait? A “tombolo” of sand deposited by ocean currents? Remnants of an ancient coral shoreline from before Sri Lanka separated from India? One ancient Sanskrit epic poem provides a more colorful answer.
In the sixth book of the Ramayana, the god Rama and his monkey companions engineer a floating bridge to the kingdom of Lanka, so Rama can rescue his beloved Sita from the demon-king Ravana. As a result, Indians call Adam’s Bridge “Rama Sethu”—Rama’s Bridge. The Indian end of Rama Sethu, near the town of Rameswaram, is one of the holiest places in Hinduism and a popular pilgrimage site. Source: https://krishna.org