Adam's Bridge

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Adam's Bridge

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Rama's Bridge

(rä`mə), chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long, SW Palk StraitPalk Strait
, 40 to 85 mi (64–137 km) wide, between India and Sri Lanka. At its southern end, it is studded with shoal reefs, forming Adam's Bridge (or Rama's Bridge), and by small islands off the Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula.
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, between India and island nation of Sri Lanka. At high tide it is covered by c.4 ft (1.2 m) of water, forcing oceangoing vessels to travel around Sri Lanka instead of through the Palk Strait. According to Hindu tradition, the bridge was built to transport Rama, hero of the RamayanaRamayana
[story of Rama], classical Sanskrit epic of India, probably composed in the 3d cent. B.C. Based on numerous legends, it is traditionally the work of Valmiki, one of the minor characters.
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, to the island to rescue his wife from the demon king Ravanna. A proposed ship channel through the Palk Strait and Adam's Bridge has been protested by devout Hindus and environmentalists.

Adam’s Bridge

 

a chain of sand banks and small coral islands between the Indian peninsula and Ceylon. Adam’s Bridge is the vestige of a land connection which formerly existed between Ceylon and India. It is about 30 km in length. The greatest water depth between the islands is about 1.5 m. A railroad ferry operates parallel to the chain. The name Adam’s Bridge is derived from the legend of the path traversed by Adam when he was expelled from paradise to earth, to Ceylon and from there across the chain to the Indian subcontinent.

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In 2007, Congress leader and then union minister of state, Kapil Sibal said that there is no scientific evidence to prove Rama Setu is man-made but argued that one should respect the faith people have.
Adam's Bridge, also known as Rama's Bridge or Rama Setu, is a chain of limestone shoals, between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka.
Summary: Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu) [India], Apr 22 (ANI): Indian Coast Guard on Monday apprehended four Indian fishermen from the 4th islet in Rama Setu near Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram Island, officials said.
The Central Government had filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court in 2008 on the project seeking vacation of its interim orders putting on hold any damage to 'Rama Setu' that the Hindus revere as the bridge over which he crossed over to Lanka (present day Sri Lanka).