Ram Setu is a chain of limestone shoals which is situated between Pambam Island (Rameswaram Island) and Mannar Island. This is the bridge which used to conncet India with Sri Lanka in ancient times. This bridge is 30 km long. According to the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana, Ram Setu was built by the Vanara (ape men) army of Lord Rama. This was built for the purpose of reaching Lanka and rescuing Sita from Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. In Ramayana this bridge is known as Setubandhanam.

Ram Setu History :

Lord Rama is one of the most worshipped Gods among Hindus in India. The famous ancient Hindu epic Ramayana depicts duties of relationship and portrays several ideal characters. Ramayana basically means Rama’s Journey and tells the story of Lord Rama, who was the avatar of God Vishnu. This epic is based on the concept of Dharma.

According to Ramayana when Lord Rama was in a 14 years exile with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, Ravana abducted Sita and took her to Lanka. To rescue his wife Sita from Ravana, Lord Rama started a journey with his brother Lakshmana. This is the journey where Lord Rama meets Hanuman, who plays a vital role in the war against Ravana. Lord Hanuman was a Vanara and was the eleventh avatar of God Shiva. He was an ideal devotee of Lord Rama.

Sugriva was a Vanara king who helped Lord Rama with his Vanara forces. The Ram Setu was built by this Vanara army. Lord Rama along with his army crossed the Ram Setu to reach Lanka and engaged in a war with Ravana. Ravana was finally killed by Lord Rama and this is how Sita was rescued. The Ramayana describes the triumph of good over evil.

Today the Ram Setu can be seen from the sky while traveling by air. This ancient bridge is submerged under water, but the satellite images give the perfect view of this bridge of mythological significance.

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