Perhaps you have trekked to see Rama’s Bridge, have learned about it at school, or never heard of it at all.
Either way, you are sure to be fascinated by its story.
The bridge, also known as Adam’s Bridge or Ram Setu, is the subject of much debate as to how and when it came into existence.
Situated between India’s Pamban Island and Sri Lanka’s Mannar Island, geological evidence suggests that the bridge formerly connected these two areas.
However, this is where modern science and ancient myth collide, as while many believe it is a natural formation of limestone shoals others claims it is a divine bridge.
Consequently, the question boils down to whether it got there via a god or geology.
The former (natural formation of limestone shoals) suggests the bridge is 7,000-years-old after using carbon dating – a method used to date materials that once exchanged carbon dioxide with the atmosphere – of nearby beaches to sync with the date of the Rama Bridge.
While the latter (a divine bridge) say its inception dates back a whopping 1,750,000 years and was constructed by Hindu deity Rama.
Religious theories state that Rama built the gateway alongside his army of monkeys, known as Vanara, in order to reach Lanka and rescue his wife Sita from the Rakshasa king, Ravana.
Rama, one of the most widely worshipped Hindu deities, was the embodiment of chivalry and virtue.
So much so, his name is now a popular greeting throughout India where people greet their friends with the saying, ‘Ram! Ram!’
As recently as 500 years ago, you could walk across the bridge, however in 1480 it became submerged beneath water during a cyclone and is now only visible from certain locations.
This means analysing it is not easy and studies are often carried out via aerial shot, with one group of researchers using satellite sensing data to deduce the bridge comprises of 103 small patch reefs and sand cays, which are the accumulation of loose coral sands and rock.
Meanwhile, another team of archeologists explained that the rocks on top of the sand pre-date the sand it sits upon by 3,000 years, suggesting the structure is not natural but built by humans.
Regardless of how it got there, the site will forever remain holy to Hindus which is why no bridge has been built over it since.