Evidence for use of Ramsetu as land bridge until 1480

via S. Kalyanaraman published on April 11, 2007

Evidence for use of Ramsetu as land bridge until 1480 makes it imperative that Ramsetu be declared as a protected monument by Govt. of India


Glossary entry: Adam. …”Narrow ridge of sand and rocks mostly dry, nearly closing the Gulf of mannar on the north and north-east. Western extremity joins the eastern point of Rameshwaram island; eastern extremity joins the eastern point of Mannar island; with these two islands it almost connects Ceylon with peninsula. Called the bridge of Rama by Bramins, as along it Rama sided by Hanooman with his his host of monkeys marched when invading Ceylon. It really joined Ceylon to India until 1480, when a breach was made through rocks during a storm. A subsequent storm enlarged this and foot traffic then ceased…Partly above and partly below water; but when covered has now here above three or four feet of water… “


(Source: CD Maclean (ed.), 1903, Manual of the Administration of the Madras Presidency, Vol. III, Glossary, Madras, Superintendent Government Press; repr. AES, 1983, New Delhi).

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