Bridge Rama (Adam Bridge)
Sri Lanka, Mannar Island

The Rama Bridge (as the Hindus call it) or the Adam Bridge (among Muslims) is a 48-kilometer-long chain of shallows and coral islands connecting the southern coast of India with the island of Sri Lanka. Muslims call the sandbank Adam’s bridge, since they believe that Adam, after being expelled from paradise, ended up on the island of Ceylon, and he crossed the mainland precisely on this “bridge”. Hindus claim that the Rama bridge was built in time immemorial by order of the emperor Rama. Its Vanaras were built under the leadership of the Monkey King Hanuman. Rama’s troops crossed this bridge to Sri Lanka to battle with its ruler, the demon Ravana, who had abducted Rama’s beloved Sita. The debate about the origin of the bridge continues to this day; followers of Hinduism consider it man-made, "divine" and sacred. In the Middle Ages, on the Arabic nautical charts, the Rama bridge was marked as a full-fledged bridge towering above the water, on which it was possible to cross from India to the island of Ceylon. At the end of the XV century, as a result of a strong earthquake and the storm caused by it, the bridge was partially destroyed and "went under water". However, the Portuguese and English still labeled it on the maps as an artificial structure, dam or bridge. Scientists argue about the origin of the bridge. It is reliably known that the land here did not arise due to the movements of the earth's crust, and this "bridge" is not a consequence of geological processes. Studies of the structure of the "bridge" showed that the lower layer from 3 to 5 meters thick consists of sand, the upper layer consists of boulders of regular shape, measuring 1.5 by 2.5 meters, consisting of limestone, sand and coral. The straightforward and orderly nature of the laying also testifies in favor of the version that these boulders were brought by someone and laid in a dam. Pictures of the shallows taken by NASA's space agency only added fuel to the fire. In the pictures, many "saw" the bridge built by the gods or people, but a real bridge. It can now be crossed either by walking up to the waist in water or by crossing the deepest sections. The width of the Rama bridge ranges from 1.5 to 4 kilometers, the depth of the seabed around is 10-12 meters, the bridge itself is immersed in water by an average of 1.25 meters. In 2005, the Government of India approved a project to build a canal through the Adams Bridge (Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project), which would make the Strait of Polk navigable. The local population opposed the Rama bridge as sacred, many public organizations and environmental scientists opposed. However, Sethusamudram Corporation began construction work on the site of the future canal. But many dredgers were returned to the port due to "incomprehensible" breakdowns, the teeth of the buckets were constantly breaking, and an uncharacteristic storm for this time of the year swept the ships and did not allow to continue work. Believers Hindus immediately declared that it was the king of the monkeys, Hanuman, who was guarding the bridge he had built. In 2010, the Indian Supreme Court postponed the construction of the canal for an indefinite period. The Rama or Adam bridge The bridge continues to cause controversy among scientists about the nature of its origin and age, films, reports are written about it, and popular science articles are written. The Rama Bridge is one of Sri Lanka's most popular attractions. Thousands of tourists from all over the world come to see this "miracle of nature".

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