And so, while instant triple talaq divorce is considered by Muslim clerics and backed by a section of the l eft- l iberals as part of Islam, the belief by millions of Hindus that Lord Ram was born at the disputed site in Ayodhya and so a grand temple should be constructed there, is seen by the secularists as Hindu aggression. While the bridge no longer exists in its entirety, there are still rocks that are strung together over a length of some 50 kilometres, connecting Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka. First, they maintained that no such structure existed. Later they modified the position to say that the bridge-like formation which exists was not man-made but a natural creation over the millennia — like the coral reefs. The tug-of-war between the so-called secularists and proponents of Ram Setu began after a US-based National Aeronautics Space Administration NASA shuttle send across images about two decades ago of a 50 km long chain of sandbanks on which stones rested, across the Palk Strait in the Indian Ocean.
Ram Setu Expedition project: Why are Indian scientists taking plunge into history, myth
In a major breakthrough, archaeologists have excavated from the ruins of Dwarka a wooden block that promises to solve the mystery about the exact age of the submerged city believed by many to belong to Lord Krishna. Archaeologists will now use the carbon dating technique to determine the exact age of the ruins. The latest excavation at the site that began early this year concluded last week. The earlier excavations, that first began about 40 years ago, had only revealed stones, beads, glass and terracotta pieces.
Expedition to Ram Setu - UPSC Current Affairs Insight
Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka. Rameshwaram temple records say that Adam's Bridge was entirely above sea level until it broke in a cyclone in Analysis of several of the older Ramayana versions by scholars for evidence of historicity have led to the identification of Lankapura no further south than the Godavari River.
In possibly a first, Indian scientists will undertake a scientific expedition to date the chain of corals and sediments forming the Ram Setu. The most important aspect of the project is to establish its age, scientifically. Carbon dating techniques, which are now available in India, will be primarily used to determine the age of the sediments. Broadly, the explorers will apply a number of scientific techniques while attempting to date the Ram Setu, study its material composition, outline the sub-surface structure along with attempting to excavate remnants or artifacts, if any, from the site. The project is expected to formally commence by the end of March.