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The Battle of Lanka and The Bridge of Rama

It is not often that a religious text finds factual evidence. Let alone satellite photographic evidence as well as archeological proof. The story of the Battle of Lanka is

“Vibhishana, Ravana’s righteous brother, intervened and counseled Ravana to follow the scriptures, reminding that it was improper to execute a messenger, and instead told him to exact the appropriate punishment for Hanuman’s crime. Ravana accepted and ordered his rakshasas to set fire to Hanuman’s tail. As soon as this was done, Hanuman made himself very small, slipped from his bonds, and, jumping upon the roofs, spread a conflagration through the city of Lanka. He leaped back to the mainland, conveyed the news of Sita’s captivity to Rama and Sugriva, and was soon engaged in active preparations for the campaign.

Rama decided that as long as the ocean was not bridged, it was impossible for any one but Hanuman to cross it. Rama meditated for three days without food or water, until from the terrified waves arose Varuna, the god of the ocean. Varuna was perplexed that Rama was meditating on him since he (Rama) was an avatar of Vishnu, one of the highest ranked Gods of Hinduism. Rama explained that because he is a human, he must perform the duties (dharma) of a human to call on Varuna. Hence, Varuna promised him that if the architects Nila and Nala (from Rama’s army) were to build a bridge of any kind, by throwing any material into the ocean, the ocean would support the bridge as though it were built on land.”

Now the bridge that was made exists between Sri Lanka and India. What evidence is there that this was Rama’s bridge? Archaeological studies assert that the existence of human inhabitants on Sri Lanka as early as 17,500,000 and this also correlates to the approximate age of the bridge. Unfortuantely though photographic evidence cannot determine accurately wether a structure was man made or deposited by nature. The story and the natural bridge do make a fantastic “coincidence” though.

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* Wikipedia on Ramayana

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