An US-based science channel has sparked the century-old debate again by claiming the natural bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka was man-made. The science channel revealed the information on Tuesday, December 12, as part of a promotional showcase for their upcoming television show called “What on Earth”.
In the promotional video footage, an archaeologist was seen claiming that the rocks placed on the sand are comparatively younger in age than the sand. The story of the man-made bridge was described in the Hindu mythological text Ramayana, where it was said that Lord Rama built the bridge to invade the land of Lankan king Ravana. According to the scientists, sand in the area formed naturally, but the rocks that are expected to be 7,000 years old had been placed there by someone.
The bridge, which is known as both Ram Setu and Adam’s Bridge goes across the Gulf of Munnar and covers the length of 30 kilometres. For the centuries, people have been narrating different stories about the submerged bridge, as many say that there was a land-to-land connection between India and Sri Lanka during the Ice Age, while other say Sri Lanka was a part of mainland India and broke away in ancient time due to continental drifting. However, according to Hindu mythology, the bridge was built under the guidance of Lord Rama, who had to invade Lanka to rescue his wife Sita.
The issue whether the bridge was formed naturally or it was made by Lord Rama sparked national-wide political debate on various occasions. In 2008, the Congress government told the Supreme Court that there was no bridge between India and Sri Lanka and if someone built it, he must have destroyed it later.