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In recent times, there has been a public debate raging on about the Rama Setu in which different sections of the population have taken different stands ranging from faith to commerce to environment. This has opened a debate on the historicity of Lord Rama since only if Rama is historical, can the bridge be man made.

Literature and Local Legends have continued to keep alive the image of Rama as a popular legendary hero, a righteous man, a noble King, a God. The conviction about the historicity of Rama, is based upon the ability to date Rama and the Rama Setu, to around 5200 BCE, ie 7200 years ago using traditional methods and validate the date scientifically too.

The scientific corroborating evidences come in the form of the following:
  • Astronomical Skycharts using modern scientific tools
  • Geological surveys and research
  • Archeological Research
  • Historical notes of travellers through India right from 1032 CE
  • Published Government Gazettes
  • Historical records of the British

An integrated analysis of the above material in a rational, scientific and wholistic manner confirms the following:
  • Rama indeed was historical and lived 7200 years ago
  • Rama and his team had to build a bridge to cross over to Lanka
  • This bridge was named Nala Setu by Rama
  • This bridge is a man made accretion over a natural formation in the sea
  • There are continuous records that talk about its usage until 1480
  • The bridge went into disrepair due to a cyclone in 1480
  • It was called Aadham (Adam's) bridge because Sri Lankaís first Muslim leader came to Sri Lanka from India over this Bridge
  • The Europeans found it easy to call it Adamís Bridge instead of Nala Setu or Rama Setu
  • The Tamils in India, till the days of the poet Maha Kavi Subramania Bharathi, circa 1920, have always dreamt of repairing the Setu and building a road to Sri Lanka
  • The bridge has always been a protected monument for the Indians right through history
  • The Ramayana was classified as an Itihasa - historical text - until it the perception was changed by British Historians in 1813 to one of "mythology".
  • The bridge symbolizes a feat of Adi Dravida engineering.

The above conclusion is the outcome of the research of Bharath Gyan which over the last 5 years, has compiled till date over 300 hours of authentic and specific information on 64 different subjects of India to understand the culturally rich India with a non religious, scientific temper.

The differentiating factor in the works of Bharath Gyan is the rational, scientific and wholistic approach to understanding the history of this only surviving ancient civilization by juxtaposing and piecing together missing links from the

  • information inherent in our culture
  • data available with the traditional scholastic community
  • native knowledge of the locals
  • authentic travelogues of the foreign visitors to our land
  • historical notes from the archives of other countries and
  • research works of the modern scientific community

This wholistic compilation is the result of careful scrutiny and validation of the information from the above listed various sources and then collation of the same in an integrated, interdisciplinary manner, which it rightfully deserves.

Historical Rama is one of the 64 subject capsules of Bharath Gyan.