Ancient epic Ramayana is one of the oldest and most significant sacred texts of the Hindu religion. Written around 7,000 ago by Valmiki, many believe this text to be a mere part of the Indian mythology, while others insist it’s a description of actual historic events. A spectacular discovery was made by a NASA satellite that sheds some new light on the whole matter. In Ramayana there is a mention of a bridge built by Lord Rama and his army to cross the sea to get to Sri Lanka. New evidence proves it actually exists!
So why did Lord Rama, the future king of Ayodhya, had to gather a spectacular army of bears and monkeys and cross the sea between India and Sri Lanka? His lovely wife, Sita, was kidnapped by a demon named Ravana who held her captive in a beautiful fortified city on the territory of the modern Sri Lanka. The demon has been terrorizing all the humans, gods, and various other beings, so it was about time someone dealt with him.
It is but a small episode from the action-packed text of Ramayana that is filled with wisdom and beauty, but it is the only one that helps prove that the whole story isn’t just a figment of the author’s imagination, but a depiction of actual historic events!
The bridge is called Rama Setu or Rama’s Bridge and it connects the Rameshwaram Island in India with the Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. According to Ramayana it took Rama and his army of vanara only 5 days to execute the bridge. And yes, they were so powerful they could move the mountains!
Thanks to the recent activity of NASA’s satellite, we got some new mind-blowing images. It appears there is something that looks exactly like the submerged bridge between India and Sri Lanka! You can see it clearly from space.
The satellite sent back images of largely submerged objects that, together, form the shape of a bridge that is at least 30 miles long. While the bridge may not seem 100% manmade at first, its structure and date analysis prove otherwise. There’s a sandbar running between India and Sri Lanka, and while it could be natural, the objects sitting atop of it certainly aren’t.
Those are separate stones that have been brought from afar – they did not originate on top of that sand! How those stones got there remains a mystery, although it’s most likely they were transported there. But even more questions appeared after dating the stones – it turns out they are much older than the sand they’re sitting on. According to geological dating the stones are 7,000 years old, while the sand is ‘only’ 4,000 years old. This means Nature didn’t create the bridge – humans did!
A number of scholars believe that the events of Ramayana took place around 5,000 years ago, so the timing is kind of right. But building a bridge of such scale would be nearly impossible for people of those times. Although everything becomes perfectly simple and logical once we imagine that it were not humans who built the bridge, but Lord Rama with his unusual host of talking monkeys and bears.