Is Ram Setu underwater?

Is Ram Setu underwater?

According to temple records, Adam's Bridge, or the Ram Setu, was totally above sea level until 1480. It was entirely submerged in the shallow water owing to natural disasters. The sea at Rameswaram is quite shallow, measuring just 1 to 10 meters deep. But the bridge was reported to be under water for almost 100 years after it was built.

However, historians believe that the bridge may have been rebuilt after it was damaged in the 1770 Calcutta earthquake. There are many old maps showing the bridge before it disappeared under the waters again. Also, some people claim to have seen the bridge even today.

Now, either way, Ram Setu isn't under water anymore.

How deep is Ram Setu?

Adam's Bridge is a 35-kilometer-long underwater shoal and sandbank that connects Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. The underwater bridge is approximately 100 meters wide and up to 10 meters deep. It forms part of the natural land barrier between the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean.

Ram Setu, meaning "bridge of cows", is a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus. It links the southernmost tip of India's largest island, Madhya Pradesh, with Sri Lanka. The name comes from the belief that if a herd of cows crosses over the setu (bridge), then it will have good luck for at least a hundred years.

It was here that Lord Shiva, in the form of a tortoise, created a bridge so that his devotees could reach him in Madya Pradesh. The story goes that once upon a time there were only animals in the world. The gods an d demons were also living among them. One day, when the animals were going across the river to feed in another village, they found that the ferry had been caught by a demon who was planning to eat them. So, they decided to kill him. But before they could do so, an angel came in the form of a cow and crossed the river on the setu. When the people saw this, they believed that the demon had been killed and made prayers to the goddess Parvati.

Where is Ram Setu now?

Adam's Bridge, also known as Rama's Bridge or Rama Setu, is a series of limestone shoals that connects Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the southern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, to Mannar Island, off the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The bridge was named after the Hindu god Rama. According to myth, this is the place where Rama chipped away at the mountain to create a way for his brother Lakshmana to cross over to reach him.

Ram Setu is part of the East-West Diversionary Route, an ancient trade route that links the Indian Ocean with the Bay of Bengal via the Malabar Coast. It is one of the oldest roads in South Asia and has been called the "Cox's Road" due to its importance in trading between India and Sri Lanka during the British colonial era.

The name Adam's Bridge comes from a story that when the devil tried to stop Christ from reaching Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he threw a large rock across the river bed. Since then, pilgrims have crossed this bridge to worship in Christ's footsteps.

Nowadays, people use vehicles to reach Ram Setu but it is possible to walk across it.

Why is Ram Setu called Adams Bridge?

Ram Setu has also been referred to as Adam's Bridge, Nala Setu, and Setu Banda. Adam's Bridge, or Ram Setu as it was erected by Rama and his troops, receives its name from certain old Islamic manuscripts that relate to Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka (Adam is said to have fallen in this part of the world). In those documents, it is mentioned that Rama constructed a bridge for people to pass over. In some scripts, it is even called "the bridge over which Adam fell."

Setu means bridge in Sanskrit and Banda means ridge in Hindi. Thus, Ram Setu translates to "bridge of Rama" or "ridge of Ram".

The name "Adams Bridge" first appeared in England in 1770 when William Adams published an account of his travels in India. He described seeing "a good road with parapets on each side to prevent travellers from falling off" which led him to believe this was "a new invention" used by the Indians "to connect two distant points of their country."

It wasn't until much later that this bridge came to be known as Adams Bridge. In 1838, John Lewis-Bradford wrote about his trip from Calcutta to Bombay via Ram Setu. He noted that the bridge was named after an Englishman who had been sent to find a route through the mountains but died before he could return.

Was Ram a real person?

So, from that standpoint, there is no historical proof for Ram. Settar further contends that there is no historical or archaeological proof that Ram ever existed or controlled Ayodhya.

However, the story of Ram and Sita is told in the epic poem Ramayana which dates back to about 300 BC. This means it was probably composed by someone who knew these stories firsthand. The poet also refers to various places in India including Ayodhya so he must have known what he was writing about. Finally, there are numerous temples dedicated to Ram all over India built by different people at different times. This can only be possible if Ram was an actual human being who once lived here on Earth.

Ayodhya is one of the most important cities in India and has been since it was part of the kingdom of Uttar Pradesh. The name "Ayodhya" comes from the words Ayo (I) + Dha (two), thus meaning "the city of two towns". It was originally called Mathura but when it became clear that this was going to cause problems for pilgrims who came from all over India, they changed it to something more accessible to others.

Ayodhya is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh about 200 miles north of Delhi. It has an estimated population of around 1 million people.

Is there any proof of Ram?

In 2003, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavated the Ram Janambhoomi/Babri Mosque site on the orders of the Allahabad High Court's Lucknow Bench. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a massive edifice that preceded the Babri Masjid. This evidence was found during construction of a chemical plant near the site.

There is no evidence to suggest that any part of the original structure at Ram Janambhoomi is older than the 13th century. The ASI has concluded that the bulk of the structure is probably modern but has not ruled out the possibility that some parts may be ancient.

The discovery of an old building at the site does not prove that any part of it is ancient, as buildings of all ages have been constructed in India. However, analysis of materials used in its construction suggests that the original structure was built around 1250 CE. Additional evidence includes findings of medieval coins and remains of animal bones which date back to this period.

After the demolition of the Babri Masjid, several groups claimed that they had historical evidence that proved that the structure was built over an ancient temple dedicated to Ram.

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