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15 kg Rameshwaram rock that stays afloat

15 kg Rameshwaram rock that stays afloat

Author: Faizan Ahmad
Publication: The Times of India
Date: October 3, 2007

Introduction: Devotees Link Stone To Ram Setu Remnants

A stream of devotees caused a stampede on the first floor of Mahavir Mandir near Patna Junction on Tuesday while trying to take a close look at a piece of rock brought specially from Rameshwaram.

Weighing 15 kg, the rock does not sink in water. The devotees believe it is a fragment of the "rocks huge as autumn clouds'', as described in Valmiki Ramayan, used to built the Ram Setu by Nala, the son of Vishwakarma.

Devotees elbowed each other and scrambled to get near the large vessel where the stone was kept. While some tried to touch it, some others bowed with folded hands. The rock will be displayed at the temple everyday, said temple administrator Nagendra Ojha.

Mahavir Mandir Trust secretary Acharya Kishore Kunal said he brought this "floating'' stone from Hanuman Temple at Rameshwaram. "I was told that during the devastating cyclone of 1964 many such floating pieces from the Ram Setu were found scattered near Rameshwaram,'' he said.

Kunal, who is also administrator of Bihar Board of Religious Trusts, said he wished to prove nothing. But the fact remained that there had been such floating stones near Rameshwaram where a bridge had been constructed by Lord Rama's army to cross the sea and reach Lanka, he said. "The availability of these floating stones gives evidence to the account of Valmiki on the construction of Ram Setu which is described the Yudha Kand of the Ramayana,'' he said.

Valmiki wrote: "Now let a wondrous task be done, By Nala, Vishwakarma's son, Who, born of one of Vanar race, Inherits by his father's grace, a share of his celestial art, Call Nala to perform his part, And he, divinely taught and skilled, A bridge athwart the sea shall build... Then the great bridge of wondrous strength was built... Rocks huge as autumn clouds bound fast, with cordage from the shore were cast...''

Kunal said after the receipt of Nasa's pictures resembling the Ram Setu from the same sea shore near Rameshwaram, it will be difficult to deny the existence of Ram Setu.

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