Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rama Setu: Tiruvalangadu copper plate inscription of Rajendra Chola

Rama Setu: Tiruvalangadu copper plate inscription of Rajendra Chola

From the Thiruvalangadu copper plates inscribed in the 6th year of the rule of King Rajendra Chola, son of Raja raja chola discovered in the year 1905:-

In the order of tracing the lineage of the Cholas, verse 80 makes a mention about Rama building a bridge on the ocean.

(V. 80.) The lord of the Raghavas (i.e., Rama) constructing a bridge across the water of the ocean with (the assistance of) able monkeys, killed with great difficulty the king of Lanka (i.e., Ravana) with sharp-edged arrows ; (but) this terrible General of that (king Arunmolivarman) crossed the ocean by ships and burnt the Lord of Lanka (Ceylon). Hence Rama is (surely) surpassed by this (Chola General).

1 comment:

Jnan R. Saha said...

There are many misconceptions about Ram Setu between India and Sri Lanka. Yes there was a Setu but it was not built by using Trees and Stones. It was written in Ramayana that Neel and Nala Brothers were gifted by God that anything they touched floated on water. It was not the case.
Nala and Neel Brothers were great Engineers and built Pontoon Bridge across. The reason they were able to build was that there were Coral Reefs in the Sea between India and Sri Lanka. At that time Sea Level was very low and the Reefs were exposed. It was easy for those ancient Engineers to build Pontoon Bridges for a vast army to march to Lanka.

There were other misconceptions. The inhabitants of Kiskindha were not Monkeys but Humans. They subsisted mostly on Fruits, Milk and Honey. They had great strengths. Hanuman could not jump to Lanka but there must have been some kind of Aerial transport system that time. Hanuman also used that system to go to Himalayas and come back.