Between the landmasses of India and Sri Lanka, lies a narrow stretch of what appears to be, a string of islands, which when viewed from above, resembles an ancient bridge built across the sea.

Hindus, believe that the bridge was built by their mighty god Ram, with the help of his army, whereas Christians and Muslims claim, that the bridge was built by Adam.

So, who built this bridge? was it Ram or Adam? is it even man-made, or just a natural structure?

Adam’s Bridge, also known as Ram’s Bridge or Ram Setu; lies between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the south-eastern the coast of Tamil Nadu state in India, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka.

The structure is 50 km, or 30 mi long, and separates the Gulf of Mannar in the south-west, from the Palk Strait in the northeast. Considerable diversity of opinion and confusion exists about the nature and origin of this structure.

Two major theories were put forward in explaining the formation of this structure. One considered it to be built by Adam, who landed on a mountain in Sri Lanka, known as Adam’s Peak, where he supposedly fell to earth and describes Adam as crossing from Sri Lanka to India on what became known as Adam’s Bridge.

However, no exact explanation exists as to how the bridge was built by Adam. On the other hand, The structure was first mentioned in the ancient Indian Sanskrit epic, Ramayana.

The name Rama’s Bridge, or Rama Setu, refers to the bridge built by the Vaanar army, or the ape-men army of Rama in Hindu theology, with instructions from Nala, the architect.

Ram used this bridge to reach Lanka, and rescue his wife, Sita, from the Rakshasa king Ravana. The Ramayana attributes the building of this bridge to Rama in verse 2-22-76, naming it as Setubandhanam, a name that persists until today.

It also mentions, that the bridge is 50km or 30 mi long, and 3km or 1.8mi wide, and was constructed using logs and mythical floating rocks.

According to the Indian geologists, Adam’s bridge, or the Raam Setu bridge, might be man-made, and not a natural formation. When the Geological Survey Of India, conducted studies on this structure under ‘Project Rameswaram‘, they found that the marine sands on top and below were a mixed assemblage of corals, calcareous sandstones, and boulder-like materials.

Surprisingly, below that again they found loose sand, and after that hard formations were there. further analysis of the rocks suggested that the rocks sitting on top of the sand, pre-date the sand itself.

The rocks were 7000 years old, while the sand underneath them was around 4000 years old. This suggests, that the rocks were brought by someone and placed there.

Not only that, many of the rocks found there, were porous, just like Pumice rocks, which can float on water. Pumice rocks are highly porous, as they have tiny air cavities in them, which make them lighter than water.

This is exactly how ice floats on water. Even today, we don’t exactly know who built this bridge, but, all these facts and pieces of evidence, at least suggest that it’s a man-made bridge and not a natural structure.

But, the age of rocks matching the timeline of Ramayana, the Ramayana mentioning the exact dimensions of the bridge, along with evidence of floating rocks, which are still afloat at some places, the army of ape-like men, which could have been our forefathers, as humans have evolved from apes; suggests, that it was Ram and his army, who built this bridge.

but what do you think? who built the mysterious bridge? was it Ram and his army, or Adam?