The awe-inspiring view from the sky is a rare spectacle that only a fortunate few get to witness in person. Among the natural wonders that captivate the imagination, the ‘Ram Sethu’ bridge stands out, connecting ancient Sri Lanka and Mahabharata (India). This bridge, steeped in ten thousand years of history, is a revelation of an ancient legend that intertwines the Rama-Sita love story with world history and literature.
The story unfolds from the Talaimannaram port in northern Sri Lanka to the Dhanushkodi sea belt of India, spanning a 48-kilometer-long bridge known by various names like Ramsetu Bridge, Hanuman Bridge, and Adam’s Bridge. The legend, drawn from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, narrates the abduction of goddess Sita by King Ravana, leading to the construction of the monumental bridge by King Rama’s Air Force.
While the existence of the bridge remains a subject of debate, the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Ramsethu site has reignited interest and speculation. Modi’s two-day spiritual journey included visits to ancient Hindu temples in South India before culminating at the Ramsethu Bridge. His special puja at the border overlooking Sri Lanka performed alone, symbolized a cultural and spiritual connection between the two countries.
Modi’s fervent prayers and rituals, captured by media cameras, showcased the Prime Minister’s deep reverence for the site. Despite the absence of Hindu priests, Modi spent almost an hour on the Ramsethu beach, offering prayers for the potential reconstruction of the bridge. His wish, expressed through symbolic gestures and moments of solitude, emphasizes the significance of the cultural ties that bind Sri Lanka and India, transcending time and legends.