What Is the Legend of Rama’s Bridge?

Today, there is no land link between the mainland of India and the island of Sri Lanka, which lies off the southern tip of India. But scientists believe that India and Sri Lanka were connected in recent times.

Adam’s Bridge is a chain of sandbanks stretching more than 30 miles between India and an island just off the coast of Sri Lanka. These sandy islets are probably the remains of a land bridge that once connected India and Sri Lanka. A storm washed away the “missing” parts of the bridge, perhaps as late as the 15th century.

The Indians call this chain of sandbanks Rama’s Bridge. According to legend, it is the remains of a causeway built centuries ago by Rama, the legendary Indian hero, so that he could lead an army to Sri Lanka and rescue his kidnapped wife.