The Ram- Setu or the Adam’s Bridge will be studied by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) to see if it is a natural phenomenon or man made. The bridge, made out of limestone, stretches from Pamban island in Tamil Nadu to Mannar island in Sri Lanka.
The Ram-Setu is part of the Hindu Scripture the holy Ramayana, where it is said that this bridge was built by the monkey army of Lord Ram and was used to reach Lanka to free Goddess Sita from the grasp of Ravana.
There will be a pilot study conducted later in 2017 to determine its origin. The study will include around 20 research scholars along with marine biologist who will be trained for two weeks in the month of May. The training will also include diving lesson which will be given in Puducherry. The study will start in the month of November/ December.
“This is just the first step, based on the findings, we will take a call as to whether it has to be pursued furthur. It is a total ICHR initiative, but we may approach the Centre if need be.” said the ICHR chairman YS Rao.
The limestone bridge’s origins are much debated. Many people believe that the bridge was built by Ram. However, critics have said that the ridge is a natural phenomenon created through the process of accretion.
In 2008, the UPA government had told the Supreme Court, “There is no bridge. It was not a man-made structure. It may be a superman-made structure, but the same superman had destroyed it. That is why for centuries nobody mentioned anything about it. It (Ram Sethu) has become an object of worship only recently.”