Friday, January 7, 2011

RAMASETU- A Mythological Reality

 Have you ever heard of valor of RAMA, Hero of Ramayana- one of the greatest ancient Sanskrit epics composed by a sage 'Valmiki'?
Do you know that Ramayana contain the ideals that all human relations must have embedded in them as jewel?
Not only so but it also contains many of those wonderful virtues of human relationships & behavior that we have lost somewhere in this age of technology or in as we call it "Advancement- Modernity". Ramayana describes an incident where hero of the epic Sri RAMA builds a bridge called ‘RamaSetu’ over the sea to reach a distant land called as Lanka. ‘Setu’ is a Sanskrit word which literally means ‘bridge’ in English language.

People around the world consider this epic as merely a Mythological Story compiled by so called "Valmiki"; an ancient Indian sage. But when this bridge was constructed, it is said that Rama has performed a ritual by the virtue of which sea has stopped experiencing the motion of waves there. This was extremely necessary from the point of stability of a bridge if we consider it in present context of construction. This place still exists today where sea does not experience any wave’s motion & the place is near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, India. Lanka is today’s 'Sri Lanka' & RamaSetu is The Bridge, mentioned in the Ramayana, linking India and Lanka (Sri Lanka or Ceylon). It is rediscovered once again and that too through images shot by none other than ‘NASA’.
 Now still do you considered it as some historical aspect without evidence????

If so, then here are some scientific aspects of the bridge as described in Ramayana. An English illustrated version of the same is depicted here for your reference.

Valmiki describes the work (construction of the bridge) at length. He sings with gusto of the noise and confusion of the gigantic project. The Vaanaras (special tribes in the southern regions having features such as prominent and strong jaws) went to the mountains and forests and, plucking rocks and trees, dragged them to the shore. The bigger Vaanaras brought big boulders and threw them into the sea. As they fell down, the water splashed sky-high. Nala -- Vishwakarma’s son and the project leader -- stood and supervised their labours. The leaders in charge of companies kept them active. On the top of the rocks and trees, when the base was firm, a dressing of grass and little pieces of wood was given to produce a level surface. The noise raised by the dam-builders drowned the roar of the ocean. "
This precise and beautiful description by ‘Sage Valmiki’ itself gives a lot of overview about project Ramasetu.
If we take in present context, they have full team working there with Project-In- charge as ‘NALA’, supervisors, labors and all sort of material with peculiar properties locally available to work on one of the most advanced projects of that time called as ‘RamaSetu’.
 Also Friends if you take any book on ‘Construction of Highways---a civil engineering book, You can too, easily notice the fact that the procedure given there for construction of highways these days bear a great resemblance with construction of Ramasetu. I am mentioning highway here specifically because bridges build today take into account various dynamic forces of ‘Nature’ into account during their design  phase itself. In this regard most of the dynamic forces of nature are absent in the region where Ramasetu is rediscovered. It thus enables us to consider sea water as a base because action of waves & ripples in that region is negligible even if you consider it both from geographical point and topographical point of view.
 Carbon dating of the rediscovered Ramasetu confirms the age of the bridge to around 1,700,000 years which is same as the one depicted in our epic RAMAYANA. The age of the bridge is confirmed by NASA too. People call Ramayana-a mythological epic. But this discovery shows that our ancestors of that time were much more advanced than we are today & uses technology that is thought impossible now a days by our so called ‘Western Modern Science’.

Some key facts as noticed and observed by different independent as well as government organizations-
    * According to the computer simulation Ramasetu saved coastline from tsunami to much extent on Dec. 26 2004 .Take a study of the map of Ramsetu & areas affected by the Tsunami; you also will notice this fact.
    * The currents generated due to the structure helps in thorium deposits. It permits design & operation of U-233 fuelled breeder reactors.
    * It is also the place which provides support for the breeding of coral reefs & marine life.
    * We also trade in shankas (shells) that has a turnover in excess of Rs 150 crore (Rs 1.5 billion) per annum obtained from here.

Reconsider your thoughts, ideas, information, give new dimension to your imagination, a great event took place in India centuries & ages ago…… which has once again come in limelight to make you aware of the capabilities of those ancient people & their knowledge, that we in due course of pass through from one generation to generation have lost somewhere in midst of time.
Rediscover you lost heritage because it is the call of Humanity to not only pass on those valuable ancient resources to next generation but also to attain next higher self........

Friends today Ramasetu is in danger, as the project commenced by the Government of India; Setu Samudram [shipping canal project] is posing a grave danger to the existence of our great heritage. Setu samudran is based on the notion that it is inevitable to break Shri RamSetu for easy navigation. According to some specialists, a sea route still can be prepared for navigation without damaging Sri Ramsetu. This can be done by removing the barren sand heaps near village Mandapam which lies between Rameshwaram and Dhanushkoti railway. This will not only give a shorter route for navigation but can also protect the oldest man-made heritage.

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