WASHINGTON (PTI) -- The NASA
Shuttle has imaged a mysterious ancient bridge between India and Sri Lanka,
as mentioned in the Ramayana.
The evidence, say experts matter-of-factly, is in the
Digital Image Collection.
The recently discovered bridge, currently named as Adam's
Bridge and made of a chain of shoals, 30 km long, in the Palk Straits between
India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it.
The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age
reveals that it is man-made. Legend 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
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 as Adam&laqno;s Bridge is made of chain of shoals,
c.18 mi (30 km) long.
The bridge&laqno;s unique curvature and composition by
age reveals 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 a primitive age, about 1,750,000 years ago and the bridge&laqno;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 tredha yuga (more than 1,700,000 years ago).
In this epic, there is a mentioning about a bridge, which
was built between Rameshwaram (India) and 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.
From Hugh Joseph
I read the story headlined above with great interest.
This is a story of major significance, as understanding its implications
will turn the entire world of Science and History on its head. This bridge,
according to accounts in the Ramayana and the Srimad-Bhagavatam, was constructed
in the age know as Treta, over 2 million years ago.
How did the writers without super space-ranging satellites
know about the existence of this bridge? In these ancient accounts, written
over 5,000 years ago, we find discussions of, among other things, space
travel, inter planetary travel, what we call UFOs and what we mistakenly
call ETs. This is not only the History of the planet Earth, but also of
this Universe, (a mediocre universe among many millions of universes.)
Here one can also learn the real undisguised and uncontaminated
truth about God. Our man-made religions are of little or no value when
compared to the stunning and breathtaking revelations found in the pages
of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Ramayan, Bhagavad-gita, etc.
I hope you will publish this comment for the benefit
of your readers.
Thank you for the great work you are doing.
For your readers, here is the way the "Srimad Bhagavatam"
describes the event:
cakre viryany atah param
"In the eighteenth incarnation (of Lord Krishna),
the Lord appeared as King Rama. In order to perform some pleasing work
for the demigods, He exhibited superhuman powers by controlling the Indian
Ocean and then killing the atheist King Ravana, who was on the other side
of the sea".
(by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
The Personality of Godhead Sri Rama assumed the form
of a human being and appeared on the earth for the purpose of doing some
pleasing work for the demigods, or the administrative personalities, to
maintain the order of the universe. Sometimes great demons and atheists
like Ravana and Hiranyakasipu and many others become very famous due to
advancing material civilization by the help of material science and other
activities, with a spirit of challenging the established order of the Lord.
For example, the attempt to fly to other planets by material means is a
challenge to the established order. The conditions of each and every planet
are different, and different classes of human beings are accommodated there
for particular purposes mentioned in the codes of the Lord. But, puffed
up by tiny success in material advancement, sometimes the godless materialists
challenge the existence of God. Ravana was one of them, and he wanted to
deport ordinary men to the planet of Indra (heaven) by material means without
consideration of the necessary qualifications. He wanted a staircase to
be built up directly reaching the heavenly planet so that people might
not be required to undergo the routine of pious work necessary to enter
that planet. He also wanted to perform other acts against the established
rule of the Lord. He even challenged the authority of Sri Rama, the Personality
of Godhead, and kidnapped His wife, Sita. Of course Lord Rama came to chastise
this atheist, answering the prayer and desire of the demigods. He therefore
took up the challenge of Ravana, and the complete activity is the subject
matter of the "Ramayana". Because Lord Ramachandra was the Personality
of Godhead, He exhibited superhuman activities which no human being, including
the materially advanced Ravana, could perform. Lord Ramacandra prepared
a royal road on the Indian Ocean with stones that floated on the water.
The modern scientists have done research in the area of weightlessness,
but it is not possible to bring in weightlessness anywhere and everywhere.
But because weightlessness is the creation of the Lord by which He can
make the gigantic planets fly and float in the air, He made the stones
even within this earth to be weightless and prepared a stone bridge on
the sea without any supporting pillar. That is the display of the power
(Srimad-Bhagavatam First Canto, Chapter 3, text 24, 1972)
Here's the account from the "Ramayana" of Sage
"At Rama's command, those lions among the monkeys
entered the mighty forest with alacrity in hundreds and thousands on every
side and those leaders on the simian tribes, tearing up the rocks, which
in size they resembled, and the trees also dragged them to the sea and
they covered the ocean with Sala, Ashvararna, (list of tree names).Those
foremost monkeys transported those trees, with or without roots, bearing
them like so many standards of Indra (the king of heaven) and they heaped
(list of tree names) here and there. With the aid of mechanical devices,
those powerful colossi dug up stones as big as elephants and rocks, and
the water suddenly spouted into the air only to fall instantly. Thereafter
those monkeys churned up the sea by rushing into it on all sides pulling
on the chains.
"That immense causeway constructed by Nala in the
bosom of the sea was built by the arms of those monkeys of formidable exploits
and it extended over a hundred leagues.
"Some brought trunks of trees and others set them
up; it was by hundreds and thousands that those monkeys, like unto giants,
made use of reeds, logs and blossoming trees to construct that bridge,
rushing hither and thither with blocks of stone resembling mountains or
the peaks of crags, which, flung into the sea, fell with a resounding crash.
"The first day those monkeys resembling elephants,
or immense energy, full of high spirits and exceedingly merry, erected
fourteen leagues of masonry. The second day, those highly active monkeys
of formidable stature set up twenty leagues. Bestirring themselves, those
giants threw twenty-one leagues of structure over the ocean on the third
day and on the fourth, working feverishly, they built up twenty-two leagues
in extent. The fifth day, those monkeys, industrious workers, reached to
twenty-three leagues distance from the further shore.
"That fortunate and valiant son of Vishvakarma (architect
of the demigods), leader of the monkeys, constructed a causeway worthy
of his sire over the ocean and that bridge erected by Nala over the sea,
the haunt of whales, dazzling in its perfection and splendor, was like
the constellation of Svati in space.
"Then the gods, Gandharvas, Siddhas (living beings
superior to humans) and supreme Rishis (great sages) assembled in the sky,
eager to see that masterpiece, and the gods and Gandharvas gazed on that
causeway, so difficult of construction, that was ten leagues in width and
a hundred in length built by Nala.
"Those monkeys thereafter dived, swam and shouted
at the sight of that unimaginable marvel that was almost inconceivable
and caused one to tremble! And all beings beheld that causeway thrown over
the ocean and by hundreds and thousands of kotis (millions), those monkeys,
full of valor, having built that bridge over the immense repository of
waters, reached the opposite shore.
"Vast, well-constructed, magnificent with its wonderful
paved floor, solidly cemented, that great causeway like unto a line traced
on the waves, resembled the parting of a woman's hair.
"Meanwhile Bibishana (brother of Ravana who joined
Rama), mace (club) in hand, held himself ready at his post with his companions
in case of an enemy attack. Thereafter Sugriva addressed Rama, who was
valiant by nature, saying "Mount on the shoulders of Hanuman and Laxmana
(brother of Rama) on those of Angada. O Hero, vast is this ocean, the abode
of whales; those two monkeys who freely range the sky will transport you
"Then the fortunate Rama and Laxmana advanced thus
and that magnanimous archer was accompanied by Surgriva. Some monkeys strode
forward in the center, some threw themselves into the waves, some sprang
into the sky, others marched on the bridge, some ranged through space like
birds, and the terrific tumult of the trampling of that formidable army
of monkeys drowned the roar of the ocean.
"When those simian troops had passed over the sea
by the grace of Nala's causeway, the king ordered them to camp on the shore
which abounded in roots, fruits and water.
At the sight of that masterpiece that had materialized
under the command of Raghava (another name of Lord Rama), despite the difficulties,
the gods, who had drawn near with the Siddhas and Charanas as also the
great Rishis, anointed Rama in secret there, with water form the sea, and
said: "Mayest thou be victorious over thy foes, O Thou, who are a
God among men! Do Thou rule over the earth and the sea eternally!"
Thus in various auspicious words, did they acclaim Rama
in the midst of the homage offered to him by the Brahmins."
(The Ramayana of Valmiki, Yuddha Kanda)
Note: Lord Krsna's incarnation Rama, appeared as a human
being because only a human being could kill Ravana, due to certain benedictions
that he had been given.
Note: The monkeys mentioned here as comprising Rama's
army, were not ordinary monkeys. They were in fact greatly powerful demigods
who appeared on this earth to assist the Lord in his pastime of subduing
this atheistic demon, Ravana.
Note: There are 4 ages, or yugas, rotating through time
like the 4 seasons: Satya, 1,800,000 yeas long; Dvarapa, 1,200,000 years
long, Treta, 800,000 years long and Kali, 432,000 years long. In this most
recent yuga cycle, the Dvarapara and Treta yugas were reversed. This event
took place about 2 million years ago.