New Delhi: An underwater project will be launched to find out when and how the stone chain was formed between India and Sri Lanka, called the Ram Setu. Scientists working on the project said that it can help in finding out about the Ramayana period. The central advisory board on archaeology under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had approved the proposal by CSIR, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa (NIO) last month.
According to media reports, Prof. Sunil Kumar Singh, director, NIO has informed that the proposed study will be based on archaeological archaic, radiometric and thermoluminesis (TL) for geological times and other helpful environmental data. The construction time of the structure will be explored with the help of coral calcium carbonate. Radiometric dating examines radioactive impurities to detect the age of an object. TL dating studies light when an object is heated.
This project holds religious and political significance beyond the election-based state. The Hindu religious book 'Ramayana' says that the "Monkey Army" had prepared a bridge over the sea to help Ram cross over to Lanka and save Goddess Sita. The 48 km series of limestone shoals has been linked with the Ramayana. It hinges on this claim that it is man-made. In 2007, ASI said it had found no evidence of it. Later, it withdrew the affidavit in the Supreme Court.