Do You Know There’s A Bridge Between Sri Lanka And India Constructed By Monkeys?

An epic Indian poem by the author Valmiki spanning nearly 24,000 verses tells of the life of divine Prince Rama and his struggle to rescue his abducted wife.

Forced to relinquish his right to the throne, Rama was forced into exile for fourteen years, during which time his beloved wife Sita was abducted by the evil demon king Ravana and taken to Sri Lanka. During his exile, Rama raised an army of monkeys and led them in a lengthy war against Ravana.

In the story, when Rama and his army of monkeys arrived at the ocean, in order to cross over to Sri Lanka the monkeys constructed a floating bridge across the sea by writing the name of Rama on stones then throwing them into the water. The stones did not sink into the waters as they had Ramas name inscribed on them, and after successfully completing the bridge Rama and his army crossed over into Sri Lanka.

In the end Ravana was defeated by Rama and his army of monkeys and Rama and Sita returned home to India where Rama was crowned king. The bridge is well known in both India and Sri Lanka due to the poem written by Valmiki, and for as long as anyone can remember the sea between India and Sri Lanka has be called Sethusamudram, the “Sea of the Bridge”.

Satellite photos of the region show a submerged strip between the two countries. A long, twisting stretch of shoal and sandbank can be seen connecting the Indian island of Rameswaram, off the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu, to Mannar Island, off the north western coast of Sri Lanka. Orthodox Hindus consider the existence of the bridge to be proof of Rama and the story described in the poem. Believing the bridge was in fact built by Rama and his army of Monkeys.

Recently the Indian Government found themselves in hot water after proposing dredging through Rama’s Bridge to create a new shipping route. Hindu organisations strongly protested against the project saying the bridge is a religious monument and should not be destroyed. Thankfully, the project is now on hold for the foreseeable future.