Monday, September 17, 2007

Ever wondered why Ram Setu is called Adam's Bridge?

Ram is back on the front pages. Not in the religious and mythological texts where he ought to be.

The BJP, claiming to defend Hindu interests, is crying hoarse that the Sethu Samudram Shipping Canal Project offends Hindu sentiments since it destroys the bridge that Ram, according to widely held beliefs, built with help from his Vanar Sena. The Congress, desperately trying to save its face, has withdrawn the affidavit that insisted there's no proof Ram ever existed and even pledged to review the project. The Left, while careful not to earn the wrath of Hindus, says that religious affairs should be left to the individual with the rider that faith should not hold back development. And the atheist DMK leader Karunanidhi has flatly said Ram did not exist and that the project should go on.

Amidst this brouhaha, there's one obvious question that nobody has yet asked or answered. Why is Ram Setu called Adam's Bridge in the first place? According to Muslim legend, Adam crossed over this structure to Adam's Peak, in Ceylon, atop which he stood repentant on one foot for 1,000 years. This priceless info come from Encycolpaedia Britannica. The veracity of this may be debated just like in the case of Ram Sethu.
Ram Sethu? Yes. But also Adam's Bridge. (Image from NASA)
But it does raise some interesting follow-up questions:

How important is Adam's Bridge for the Muslims? Possibly, even for Christians?

Why has nothing been said or written about it?

Are we just wasting time on Ram Sethu because the BJP and its allied organisations picked it up? If not, would the sethu have been bulldozed without raising any eyebrows?

What if Muslim political parties lobbied to save Adam's Bridge saying it offends their beliefs? How would that change the reactions of our political parties?

Doesn't this show how politicians can make an issue out of anything and everything? And why do we fall prey to such manoeuvres each time?

Sometimes all it takes is a simple question to make sense of a nonsensical national debate. A question that still eludes our commentators and politicians - Why is Ram Sethu called Adam's Bridge?

24 Comments:

Blogger Raghu Karnad said...

I think all those questions are quickly answered by the information that the Channel Project was authorized at multiple stages by the NDA government, including by Arun Jaitley and VP Goyal.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was built by Lord Rama, later on may be crossed pver by that Adam or somebody. That is why it is called Ram Sethu.

Hope you understand this simple reality, remove this non sense from your site man.
- Ram

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam was the first man to walk the earth. It is nonsense to say that Ram who came much later (if at all he existed) built a bridge which Adam who died much before (if at all Ram existed) crossed! What baloney!

- Adam

2:07 PM  
Blogger kamaloodin said...

it is strange the muslim view is completely ignored by the press.so many things regarding muslim problems are not published by the press and christians' mistakes and the money flowing from western countries which is used to convert poor illiterates was not in any so called newspapers..IF THEY PUBLISH THEY WILL BE LOOSING SO MANY STRATEGIC ADVANTAGES.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is no point in arguing on one's personal belief or faith and religion. the Ram Setu- the bridge was built by ram sena, it is a fact. we can not deny the solid truth. science has worked all the way to prove the existance of dynasoures, we know the facts, we can not willingly turn our backs. its called adams bridge by some western media, probably because not all indian history is familiar to them and all they did was give it a mysterious name. but we know it is Ram Setu. it is not aimed to hurt any religion's feelings, it is a pure fact, which even ram himself can not deny now.
I do agree that the politicians only want us to see from their eyes and they often draw lines between Hindu & muslim etc to enrich their vote banks, but then again we should not blindly follow them. Hindustan has accepted muslims with an emotion of equality and brotherhood, given them equal rights and dignity. why we always try to find excuses to argue or even fight amongst each-other. there are many other important things in life to do. live and let live in peace and harmony. i hope someone gets my point.
Shree

5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can any scholar or any one in general who believe in existence of Lord Rama tell his date of birth.Pandits can tell his time of birth but not date.Please comment.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That time calendar didnt exist or the equations of pandits is not able to calculate for date that is 17 lakh 25 000 years before

4:18 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post proves nothing ,millions of people know the truth and that is what it matters.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sethu Samuthram shipping canal project is absolutely necessary one. Religious, political interferences are not advisable before the Economic development activity.

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Blogger punit said...

the claim of abrahmic faith followers is baseless,this is india and not jerusalem or mecca medina,there was no christian or muslim or adam or satan when this bridge was built in the country of hindus,its the secularism of hindus which makes u idiots to claim such utter nonsense,tell this to the encyclopedia britannica guys that this is not brittania,its india.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is ram setu and will always remain ram setu. No bloody abrahamic faith will do anything.

10:04 PM  
Blogger praveen chandran said...

kamaloodin
Face a harsh reality. All the abhramic religion (Jew/Muslim/christianity) is based on a Vague Idea of original Sin where Adam and Eve committed a sin. As as humans we are prodigy of them. If that was the case every man is a Brother to every women in this world since we are progidy of Adam and Eve. So what the three religions are endorsing is INCEST relations ship. Face it the age that we are talking is way ahead of its time. Hinduism is far older than Christianity which itself is older than Islam. What we are mentioning is a historical fact which has been recored in various documents and which has consistency. Unlike any of the documents related to all the Abrahmic religion or Britannica which was endorsed by self glorifying Indologist like Max Muller and the list goes on whose aim was to undermne the rich Indian history and replace it with their version of history. Lets not forget its this theory promoted by Britannica and western Idologies which led to the belief of Aryan race and the eventual imaginary Aryanisation of Europe by Hitler.

6:21 PM  
Blogger praveen chandran said...

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Say what ever you that makes you happy. BJP I do agree they want a publicity. But having said this can you deny the historical evidence present before you. You can choose to accept or reject the evidence. but there is no denying the fact that this is a historical structure of importance as far as we hindus are concerned. Atleast we are not talking about somethng vague as Original Sin and nicene creed which is the basis of Abrahamic religion in the world. So put your part of evidence first before you dismiss the evidence provided by Indians on this Issue. Cant really blame people like you, even the former prime minister Jawharlal nehru dismissed Mahabaratha and Gita as stories to be said to kids during their sleep. But now there are evidence historical and documented after the discovery of lost city of Dwaraka.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous asif said...

sab se pahle me ye bolna chahta hun k Allah ne sab se pahle Adam ko paida ki aur wo pahle musalman the aur unhe sri lanka me jannat se utara jahan pr aj bi sri lanka me paon ka nishan hai jise dekhna hai dekhle aur rahi baat abrahmic religion ki to abrahambhi musalman the tm koi bhi kitab dekhlo majority yahi hai. Aur Adam ne sri lanka se Arab ae adam bridge k jarya. mme ne adam ka saboot dedidya k wo sri lanka k the. Ab raha sawal k app k ramji ka to mujhe batei k ram ji k bare me kon kon se bookme likha hai jahan tk mene padha hai to ram ji ka zikr sirf ek hi jagha milta hai jb maghd ka raja ka dor tha bimbisara haryanka ka dor tha. aur kisi book me nahi milta aur balmiki ji ne kahan se suna ya dekha ram jo ko. me bas swal karaha hun k ram ji k istamal ua kuch to hoga apke pass jaese kis brtn me khate the kya kapda pahente the unka ghr kaha hai unka saaman ye sb tok hoga ap logo k paas to uska pic bhejen hame. Aur raha sawal Adammm aur abraham k a to unka hm kapda shrine bartan sb kuch dekha sakte hai.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the Link With video dating the birth of ram with date time nakshtra.... go cheak it !!
--> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMeAw-gZ1PQ
It is 10thJanuary 5114BCE 12:00 pm!!
And it was before even christian and muslim religion came into existance!!! Got It!!

2:22 PM  
Blogger benny Beracah said...

first of all christianity is not a religion. ots we people who turned it and follow it as a religion.
we should have respect for others god and belief.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes you can say that Adam was the first . So why does hinduism date back as the oldest religion on earth .
Just a simple question for us all .

8:39 AM  
Blogger FatehAliKhan said...

Islam has been there in the universe always. Adam bridge was built by allah. Hinduism is a fraud baseless religion who have imaginary gods whic came much later.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was no religion named as Hinduism. Even the Hindu texts don't mention the name "Hindu" as a religion. There were religions prior to Hinduism. Even the Hindu texts were written much afterwards, and the date of creation was mentioned way back than the actual date of writing. Everything has been checked and studied.

4:13 PM  

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