Heart Touching Photos of “Ram Setu View From Space” Shared By European Space Agency

Ram Setu


Author: Hriday Verma

Published: June 25, 2024

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently shared a captivating image of the Ram Setu, also known as Adam’s Bridge, captured by its Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite. This natural wonder is a chain of shoals that stretches over 48 kilometers between Rameswaram Island (off the southeast coast of India) and Mannar Island (off the northwest coast of Sri Lanka).

The Ram Setu separates the Gulf of Mannar (south), an inlet of the Indian Ocean, from the Palk Strait (north), an inlet of the Bay of Bengal.

Geologic evidence suggests that these limestone shoals are remnants of land that once directly connected India with Sri Lanka.

Historically, the bridge was traversable until the 15th century, after which it gradually eroded due to storms.

The Ram Setu holds immense cultural significance in both countries and is mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana.

The ESA’s image reveals the stunning natural beauty of the Ram Setu.

Ram Setu

The sandbanks are visible, some of which are dry, while the sea around them is shallow (only 1–10 meters deep).

Mannar Island, covering around 130 square kilometers, is connected to mainland Sri Lanka via both a road bridge and a railway bridge.

On the Indian side, Rameswaram Island (also known as Pamban Island) can be accessed via the 2-kilometer-long Pamban Bridge.

Both sections of the Ram Setu are part of protected national parks in their respective countries.

The sand dunes serve as breeding grounds for birds like the brown noddy, and various fish and sea grasses thrive in the shallow waters.

Sea life around Adam’s Bridge includes dolphins, dugongs, and turtles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Arichal Munai, the starting point of the Ram Setu.

The Ram Setu, visible from space, stands as a testament to both natural processes and cultural heritage, connecting India and Sri Lanka across the Gulf of Mannar. Its beauty and historical significance continue to captivate people worldwide

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