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I am writing this as our Master Sri Shankaracharya Jagadguru Swami Nishchalananda Maharaja, Shankaracharya of Govardhan Matha Puri,is working towards saving the Ram Setu which is the Natural Barrier to the Tsunami. He has directed all his energies in saving this Ancient Bridge and we as students of Vedic Mathematics should support this cause, and I call for your Support to Sign the petition .

A Video on the Catastrophe the destruction may bestow upon us if not stopped is found here. The circumstances will worsen with the growing concerns of Global Warming Climate Change and we may face strong tsunami’s and cyclones. So I Urge all of you to take some responsibilities and contribute to save the same.

Video of Ram Setu

A Little about the Significance of the Bridge in Danger-

Physical Significance

  1. Ram Setu a natural barrier to Tsunami: During the last tsunami, the Ramar Bridge (at a high elevation) from the rest of the shoal accumulations acted as a natural barrier preventing the direct devastation of the entire Bharatam coastline south and southwest of Nagapattanam. – Dr. Murthy, Chief editor of the reputed International Tsunami Journal “Science of Tsunami Hazards”
  2. Threat of Tsunami: Many geologists, earth scientists, and oceanographers have commented critically, against the disastrous consequences of constructing SSCP. Amongst these is the impending devastation of Kerala, which will suck in after implementation of SSCP, after next Tsunami hits it.
  3. Many Naval officials are saying that even after the completion of SSCP, the depth of the canal shall be only 12 meters (about 36 feet ), and only small and medium sized vessels shall be able to pass. Large sized vessels and carriers shall not be able to pass.

I call for your Support now to Sign the petition.

Thanking you.
Gaurav Tekriwal
The Vedic Maths Forum India


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Gaurav Tekriwal is the founder President of the Vedic Maths Forum India. Through television programs, workshops, DVDs, and Books he has taken the Vedic Maths System to over 4 million students in India, South Africa, United States, Australia, UAE, Ghana, and Colombia.

8 COMMENTS

  1. it is a national shame. who has given authority to politicians, to undo, what they have not done, could be be done, and more over the RAMASETHU has got religious background.
    this again reveals that in SECULAR INDIA they can take hindus for granted.
    a mosque which has not been used for several years and most of the population neveer knew, which was demolished ( i don;t accept that demolition) but what hue and cry the politicians raised, just to appease the minorities,WHY ARE ALL OF THEM KEEPING QUITE NOW.
    STRANGE, VERY STRANGE, THIS CAN HAPPEN ONLY IN INIDA

  2. Every great civilization in the world knows well how to respect their religion and their Gods, but Hindu is the only religion who do not respect their Gods in the name of secularism. Any politician cannot dare to say same thing about any other religion, what the Congress party said in its affidavit-that Ram does not exist ever. This is the only Hindu religion that from the last 500-700 years is beaten by the outsiders, because we were not united. We the Hindus respect so called Mahatma-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi about whom it is said-DE DI HAMEIN AZADI BINA KHADAG BINA DHAAL, SABARMATI KE SANT TOONE KAR DIYA KAMAL, when 1 million Hindus were killed in the riots, at the time of partition.
    The communities who can’t respect their own religion, than an outsider will also not give respect to it. Ours is the oldest religion on this planet Earth. But the education system formed by the British agent Macalle, does not teach respect for our own religion. In our schools, history of Moughal period, Hadappa, Mohanjodaro is taught to us, but the great Ved-Purans, Yog, Ayurved, Ramayan, Gita etc. could not taught to us because we are secular. In the Ved-Purans, written back lakhs of years ago there is the description of smallest form of particle atom when western countries even do not know wearing clothes. There is written the smallest and biggest form of time. There is also the description of how the universe was formed, its size and how it will came to end and this matches with the modern theory. Some 500-700 years it was believed by the west that earth is at the center of universe and Sun moves around the Earth, and much before that our Ved-Purans were in existence. We taught west the value and use of “0” Shunya. We have the best scientific language of the world-Sanskrit. Some 2000-3000 years ago there was only one religion that was Sanatan dharma, all other religion just as Christianity, Islam and other religion of the world evolve from this Sanatan dharma-Now a days which is called Hindu dharma.
    At present only 15% of this literature (Ved-Purans Etc.) is left with us. For young generation carrier, entertainment and relationship are the issues on which they talk and are interested.
    Do you ever think that why we the country of 100 crores needs to import mobile phones, televisions and even other small electronic items from other countries? Did you thought ever why we need to fulfill our defense requirements from smaller countries like Israel and Sweden?
    Our education system, corrupt bureaucrats and politicians are responsible for this. There are bomb blast everywhere in the country, the police system is totally failed, no roads, no water and no proper sewerage system. Politicians are filling their bank accounts with money. The total political system, education system is responsible for this.
    Now I come to the main point that now a days there is discussion in our country whether to break the Ram Sethu or not. I want to told you that at the first news came out from the NASA some years before, it was clearly said by them that this setu is built by the humans and it is more than 1.7 million years old. Now NASA is denying the fact, this may be the political pressure from Indian Govt. I say-forget NASA, it is well described in our Ved Purans, Valmiki Ramayan, Ramcharitmans and Vishnu Puran etc. These are our Ved Purans in which there is a description of the river Sarswati. It is proven from the satellite images too, that there was a time when sarswati river exist on this Dev bhoomi bharat. If the young generation could read Ramayan, there is the detailed description how the sethu was built.

    Ram Vimukh Us Haal Tumahara, Raha Na Koi Kul Rovanhara-This same thing is going to happen with Congress Party.
    “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”, and we Hindus are on the path of suicide, by not respecting our own religion.
    You can check the detailed description of Lanka war and the building of SRI RAM SETHU on the link below, in Yudh Kand.

    The department of Earth science of the government of India in a report to the president to India has stated that shoal stones placement makes out that they were ‘deliberately placed there’. That is, as if it was constructed in the manner described by the Sage Valmiki in Valmiki Ramayan.
    The main reason behind this whole episode is that every player in this match hitting his own goals. DMK the main player in the field is the strong supporter of LTTE. They want to help LTTE, who after the removal of the Sri Ram Sethu would have a free passage in and around India & Sri Lanka. Removal of the Ram Sethu would make this area an International passage, and will raise security concerns in the coming years. Tsunami can also destroy the coastal areas, in absence of Sri Ram Sethu. There is a huge reservoir of Thorium in this area, and after possible removal of Sri Ram Sethu, India will lose this asset. Recently, Sonia Gandhi, leader of Congress party visited Rameshwaram and attended the inauguration ceremony of Sethusamudram Canal project with Dr Manmohan Singh, T.R.Balu and Karunanidhi. They chalked out a plan to destroy the Sri Ram Sethu. Sonia is an outsider and she cannot understand the importance of Sri Ram in our culture and in our heart. Her drive is controlled through Vatican City.

    The late Pope John Paul visited India twice and on both the occasions he said, “we want to make Asia a Christian subcontinent and our mission begins from India”. Sonia is having the same mentality, and she has no faith in our culture and our history. Our freedom fighters surrender their lives to oust the foreigners, but Congress party is appointing another foreigner to the high chair of Indian offices.
    Sri Lanka is also opposing this project but being a small nation its concerns has no value in the mind of our politicians.
    The Sri Ram Sethu is the only wonder on this planet earth. Some parts of sea at that time were 20m to 200m deep. To build the Sri Ram Sethu those places were filled by the Vanar Sena. Sri Ram Sethu is more than 5km of width and more than 60 km long according to some literature.

    So, the young generation like us has to be stood in the interest of Sri Ram Sethu and to save our culture and history, which is the oldest on this planet earth.

    Deepak
    city@bol.net.in

  3. It is already proved that there is no RAMA and RAMA BRIDGE.
    Please read this article about Rama Sethu project published by Front Line Magazine –
    O5 Oct 2007

    Myth VS Science

    Google it Myth VS Science. you will get the link.
    Information is so vast in this age of world. Nobody cann’t hide or tell lies like in olden days.

  4. It is already proved that there is no RAMA and RAMA BRIDGE.
    Please read this article about Rama Sethu project published by Front Line Magazine –
    O5 Oct 2007

    Myth VS Science

    Google it Myth VS Science. you will get the link.
    Information is so vast in this age of world. Nobody cann’t hide or tell lies like in olden days.

  5. I agree that there is no RAMA and RAMA BRIDGE. Hinduism is not religious. It is a culture of people in India. In history there is a proof that all the Hindus were not given equal status in society. By name of the God, some set of people were cheating majority of the people in the country. Some people were not allowed to get inside temple. There was lots of imbalance in that culture. Even you can see it in some places today. When people ask questions, their wisdom will grow. Majority of the people were not allowed to ask questions by means of God. That’s why; still there is poverty, untouchablity is in this country.

    So if you want to stop the project just quoting “Ved-Purans” and so on, it is just cheating people. May be some politician will create their vote bank by creating conflicts among people using this traditional way (cheating people by means of God).

    I would oppose this project only if there is environment disturbance in large. Because all the developed countries are became developed only after ignoring lots of environment disturbances. That is the race here. India is developing means it contributing disturbance to environment.

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  7. Ram setu – fact or fiction –

    The Ram setu or Adam’s bridge is a chain of sandbars and coralline islets dotting a 30 km. stretch in the east-west direction between the Southern tip of Rameswaram island in India and Talaimannar in North-west Sri-Lanka. Composed of 103 small patch reefs and innumerable smaller reefs lying in a linear pattern with flattened reef crests [ which are emergent during low tide ] , sand cays [accumulation of looses coral sands and beach rock ] and intermittent channels , the Adam’s bridge is clearly made out in the sea by the change in color of sea water overlying it. The overlying sea is shallow, being around 4-10 feet and even lower at low tide. Traditional accounts claim that the Adam’s bridge or the Ram setu was constructed by Lord Rama and his vanar sena over a span of 5 days which when subject to a scientific analysis appears highly improbable. But again we have to keep in mind that achieving mastery over water in a super-natural manner is a theme common to many religions, we have instance of Jesus walking over water . In a similar manner we have claims in traditional literature that rocks with name of Lord Rama written over them started floating in the sea and the ram-setu was constructed of these rocks.
    Construction of a 30 km. bridge across open sea is a Herculean task even today . Even modern nation-states which have at their disposal immense resources and advanced engineering technology would find it an extremely difficult and daunting task . In the period in which we place the events of Ramayana with the primitive technology of those times and the meager resources of the emerging, nascent kingdoms – such a task is clearly impossible. Hence this is clear that Lord Rama did not construct the Adam’s bridge as we know it today.

    But then we have to solve an puzzle – why Adam’s bridge came to be associated only with Lord Rama in numerous legends. Various ancient and medieval historical sources- too abundant to be individually detailed but notable among them being accounts of the remarkably astute Al’Biruni and Marco Polo attribute the construction of Adam’s bridge to Lord Rama. The construction of Adam’s bridge is not attributed to any other ancient hero in even a single known legend. One can logically put forward this query that why building this bridge is not attributed to any other ancient hero . For example , just to cite an instance, why the construction of the Adam’s bridge is not attributed to the great Chola monarch Karikala who reigned around 190 A.D. This Chola king is said to have invaded Sri Lanka and after defeating the Sri Lankan king, carried away 12,000 inhabitants of the island and put them to work in fortification of his sea port Puhar. Ancient Tamil legends could have easily attributed the building of Adam’s bridge to Karikala in order to enhance his glory. It could have been claimed that Karikala built this bridge to invade Sri Lanka and to provide easy access to Lanka to retain his hold over the island. That , however , is not the case. Even in later Indian accounts where the exaggerations of the court poets and bards are an integral feature, the construction of Adam’s bridge is attributed to no one other than Lord Rama. Thus we can clearly see that Lord Rama’s name has been associated with Adam’s bridge since antiquity rendering it impossible for any other ancient hero or later bards to claim it for themselves or the ancestors of their patrons. Clearly some event occurred during Lord Rama’s exile which inseparably linked his name with that of Adam’s bridge .
    To solve this puzzle , we have to turn to an aspect which has often been ignored – the skill of ancient Indians in wood making and carpentry.
    India has a long tradition of making buildings/ cities in wood. The Greek historian Megasthenes who visited India during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya [ around 321 B.C.] , around 3-6 centuries after the presumed date of Lord Rama’s reign , writes that –“ All Indian towns which are beside the sea or the rivers are made of wood.” Writing further , Megasthenes states – “ the city of Pataliputra built at the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Son is 80 stadia [ 9 miles] in length and 15 stadia [ around 2 miles] in width . It is surrounded by a wooden wall having 560 towers and 60 gates”. Even the palace of king Chandragupta Maurya about which Megasthenes said that neither the palaces of Susa nor Ecbatana could vie with was made of wood. Megasthenes account has been bolstered by archaeological evidence .Excavations of Waddell unearthed fragments of the wooden city wall of Pataliputra. In 1926-27 was unearthed a double line of upright timbers around 15 feet high near Patna which the excavator remarked appeared to him to extend almost indefinitely. Dr Spooner unearthed massive remains of huge wooden buildings at Bulandibagh and Kumrahar near Patna – probably remains of the ancient palace of the Mauryas.
    Even the reliefs at Sanchi and Amravati stupas clearly indicate that most of the buildings and cities in Pre-Asokan era were made of wood. The appearance of these buildings shown in the relief carvings leave no doubt that they were made of wood , the essentials of wooden technique being scrupulously imitated in these relief representations.
    In the facades of early rock cut caves , such as those at Barabar hills near Gaya , survive the frontages of these early wooden buildings and here too the stamp and impress of wooden construction are clear and explicit. Thus it is clear that wood was the chief building material in ancient India and it was only after Emperor Asoka that stone came to be used for building purposes on a large scale. [ Some historians, notably Sir Mortimer Wheeler claim that this was due to large scale migration of the artistry of Persia who found themselves bereft of royal patronage following the burning of Persepolis in 331 B.C. After destruction of the Achaemenian empire of Persia , the artistry of Persia shifted base to India and the material in which they excelled was stone. Hence the increasing use of stone in the post-Asokan period ] .
    Thus we see that ancient Indians had a long tradition of excellence in wood crafting . Their houses, cities , palaces , chariots were all made of wood which unfortunately have not survived to us owing to wood being a perishable material.
    Coming back to the puzzle of Ram-setu , we can hazard the following theory. Around 500-1000 B.C , this being the time period in which we are assuming the events mentioned in the Ramayana happened , Lord Rama with his army had to cross the Palk strait to rescue his abducted wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana. Lacking a navy and not well-versed with sea-faring, Lord Rama and his army had to seek some other way to cross the strait. The Adam’s bridge was probably the same as it is today . Lord Rama and his army must have realized that this pre-existing shallow , natural reef chain could be used a way to cross the Palk strait .Having numerous skilled carpenters and artisans at their disposal , they could easily improvise upon this shallow, submerged chain of reefs and sand deposits .
    Probably construction work was carried out only at low tide when the sea over the reef chain would become more shallow and some of the shallow sandbanks would be emergent. Construction of the bridge must have occurred over a period of weeks, if not months. The 5 day period claimed in legends is probably a later bardic invention. Small rocks and beach sand would have been used to fill up the shallow water filled channels . Forests provided the abundant wood out of which must have been fashioned a rough, makeshift wooden bridge which was probably supported on timbers which in turn were supported on the underlying, pre-existing reefs and sand deposits. Vines and ropes made of plants and nails would have been used to construct the bridge. [ The use of coir ropes was as yet unknown for the coconut tree was a later import from Malaya ]. The wooden bridge was then advanced forwards gradually. The carpenters and artisans of Lord Rama’s army were well versed with this type of work in wood and would have found constructing such a wooden structure quite easy .
    Also one has to remember that in ancient period, battles generally consisted of man to man contest and the weapons generally used were clubs, spears, maces and the bow and arrow. Armies usually traveled light. Therefore , as most of the combatants while crossing the bridge would have been carrying little weight except light weapons like a bow and a quiver , a club or a spear , even a makeshift wooden edifice sufficiently strong to bear the weight of a man would have served the purpose.
    Once the bridge was completed, Lord Rama and his army made the crossing , reached the Lankan shores and after vanquishing Ravana and rescuing Sita re-crossed the bridge and returned home to the Gangetic plain. The bridge , having served it’s purpose, was then forgotten. Made of wood and other perishable materials and being continuously exposed to the salt-water sea, the bridge would not have lasted more than a few years . Probably the sea claimed the wooden bridge erected by Lord Rama and his army in a span of few years but the memory of Lord Rama having used it to reach Lanka lived on and became part of folklore and legends. Later legends out of necessity had to attribute the whole of the Adam’s bridge to Lord Rama since the structure which his army had actually constructed had long vanished. The later legends had to give some material basis to their claims and since the chain of sub-merged coral reefs, sandbars was all that was now visible , they began to claim that even this chain was constructed by Lord Rama and his army. Agreeably no archaeological remains of the wooden bridge built by Lord Rama and his army over the Adam’s bridge has yet been found and probably will never be found owing to the perishable nature of wooden structures. But one cannot deny the fact that Lord Rama used the Adam’s bridge to cross over to Lanka. The wooden structure crumbled but the memory of his crossing the sea lived on. One cannot furnish archaeological evidence for all past events – whole of the human history will have to be considered a collection of myths and fables if such cast-iron criteria are to be applied.
    Legends normally are accretions over a historical kernel and in reconstruction of the past, oral traditions are sometimes as important as the material remnants. This is illustrated by the following examples-
    Local folklore and legends prevalent in Peshawar mentioned the relic tower or Pagoda of the Kushana king Kanishka erected over the relics of Buddha. Legends claimed it to be the tallest structure in Asia of its time. However many historians considered that this huge tower described in legends was sheer poetic exaggeration . However recently archaeological evidence to prove that such a structure actually existed became available when a site called Shah-ji-ki-Dheri was excavated , revealing a base of a tower around 286 feet in diameter. The casket containing the relics of Buddha was also found and is now a priceless possession of the Peshawar museum. Thus the ancient legends were found to be absolutely correct in their description of the tower and it’s contents. This example shows that archaeological evidence, albeit an essential parameter, is not the sole criteria for debunking or accepting oral folk traditions.
    Another example will drive home the point that archaeological evidence, although a welcome addition to oral traditions is not always forthcoming. In Gurdaspur district in Punjab, residents of a village called Kathgarh on the bank of river Beas have long cherished a folktale which claims that Alexander the great had to turn back to Macedonia from the Beas at the place where the village is now situated. No archaeological evidence to prove or disapprove this legend has yet been unearthed. However ancient Greek historians record that Alexander had to retreat owing to his soldiers mutinying and refusing to proceed further on the banks of river Hyphasis. The river Hyphasis has been identified with modern historians to be identical with the Beas. Further Greek historians mention that while encamped on the river Hyphasis , Alexander consulted a chieftain called Bhagala about the extent and power of the Nanda empire. The name of the chieftain consulted is further corroborated by accounts of the great Grammarian Panini [ dated to have lived around 400 B.C.] . Further one may notice that no other place has laid a claim to being the point from where Alexander turned back. Concocting a folktale involves no great effort and one may ask as to why no other village other than Kathgarh [ there are numerous villages on bank of the river Beas and it would be historically impossible to prove or refute their claim if they asserted as to their village being the actual turning back point of Alexander ] claims to mark the turning back point of Alexander.
    Thus we see that although no firm archaeological evidence has yet been unearthed but in all probability, the long prevalent folktale among the residents of Kathgarh that their village is situated near the point from where Alexander turned back is probably correct.
    Oral traditions and legends reflect the memory of ancient populace’s mind and ideology and are an invaluable source for the historian. Some artisan groups in the Tanjavur area retain not only oral traditions about their migrations from Saurashtra but also use the same words for their tools as are common in Kathiawar thereby lending irrefutable proof to their traditions being absolutely correct.
    Similarly although archaeological evidence to prove that the Lord Rama used the Adam’s bridge to reach Lanka to rescue his abducted wife Sita may never be forthcoming but the long prevalent oral traditions about his using the Adam’s bridge to cross the sea are in all probability correct .
    Some historians [ although the number of such historians to begin with was small and has since rapidly dwindled] claim without any solid historical data that Lanka in the Ramayana, instead of being identified with the modern Sri Lanka , should be placed somewhere on the banks of river Godavari in central India. They claim that it is unlikely that the later Vedic Aryans were familiar with the sea. That this view is entirely erroneous has been proven by numerous scholars like Lassen, Zimmer , Kosambi etc.
    Although it is probable that the Rig Vedic people did not have any knowledge about the sea [ although many scholars including the doyen among Indian historians – D.D.Kosambi believe that the Rig-Vedic people too were familiar with the sea ] , it is certain that the later Vedic people were familiar with the sea. The Aitareya brahmana speaks of the “inexhaustible sea” and “the sea as encircling the earth “ . The eastern and the western oceans mentioned in the Sathapatha brahmana are probably references to the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian sea. Thus we can safely identify the sea mentioned in the Ramayana with the Palk strait and the Lanka with modern Sri Lanka . Recent evidence that there was some trade contact between India and Sri-Lanka as early as fifth century B.C comes in the form of potsherds excavated from fifth century B.C levels at Anuradhapura in Sri-Lanka with graffiti in Brahmi .
    Thus the amount of evidence suggesting that the Adam’s bridge was used by Lord Rama to cross over to Sri lanka is impressive. We have long standing oral traditions and historical accounts corroborating this , correct in all probability. We have numerous historical mentions associating the Adam’s bridge with Lord Rama including that of foreign travelers. No other ancient king / bardic hero is credited with building the Ram-setu – this too is an important pointer that since ancient times, local folklore has preserved the memory of Lord Rama crossing the sea over Adam’s bridge.
    Hence on strength of oral traditions and literary evidence , we can safely deduce that Lord Rama used the Adam’s bridge to cross over to Sri-Lanka , probably by erecting some wooden structure which is no longer extant.

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