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The Building of the Bridge Ram Sethu in the Ramayana

The building of the bridge, now referred as Ram Sethu, across the ocean occurs in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana. In the Second chapter of the Yuddha Kanda, Lord Ram and Lakshman along with the Vanara Sena (Monkey Army) march southwards and reach the ocean. Lord Rama said: “Sugriva we have arrived at the southern shore of this great sea. I am again tormented with the diffidence which visited me before. This lord of the rivers has his other shore too far away from here. It is not possible to cross the sea unless we hit upon a method soon. Let the army call a halt here now. Let us sit and think up methods of crossing this wide ocean.”The next reference of building the bridge across the sea occurs in the sixth chapter of the Yuddha Kanda. Now, Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana, has jumped sides and is now helping Lord Ram. Vibhishana suggests that Lord Ram should ask the favor of the lord of the seas. Lord Ram agreed to the suggestion and asked the opinion of Lakshmana and Sugriva. Th…