The Ramayana speaks of an Architectural and Civil Engineering Marvel which is both intriguing and fascinating and the techniques used for construction are very much relevant to this day. The marvel is the Rama Setu which helped Lord Rama cross the sea (ocean) over to Lanka to rescue Sita from the evil Ravana.
The Ramayana highlights the process of Bridge construction in great detail and encompasses the following aspects of Architecture and Civil Engineering:
- Site Surveying
- Planning and Designing
- Site execution
To start the bridge construction process, Lord Rama along with the guidance and recommendation of Varuna – The God of the ocean, surveyed and identified the area (Construction Site) where such a bridge construction would have been possible. Post identification of the site, Lord Rama was recommended by Varuna to appoint Nala- the son of Lord Vishwakarma- The Engineering God to construct the bridge. Nala’s credentials made Lord Rama instantly instate him as the Chief Engineer to design and construct the bridge under his supervision. Under the expert command of Nala, his team- the Vanar Army went about building this bridge. Now, let us examine the Civil Engineering techniques employed in building the bridge. The Ramayana text states that the Vanaras filled up the ocean with many types of trees, which in today’s Engineering jargon can be referred to as Piling or Pile foundation, to give the structure a solid foundation. And later, over this foundation, the Vanar Army placed a bed of rocks, boulders so as to create a path. The Vanar workers were divided into parts where some were collecting materials for the bridge, some of the others drew up strings in order to keep the bridge straight (this technique is relevant even till this date and is referred to as Line Dori in construction sites), and some of the workers were holding poles for measuring the bridge at regular intervals (today on construction sites, we use a measuring tape).
With the right ingredients i.e., A Qualified and Competent Engineer, A Motivated Workforce and the Right Construction Materials, the Rama Setu was built in just 5 days. We at Limpid Construction use these ingredients when we build your Home, every time! Lord Rama trusted and chose Nala and his team for the construction of the Rama Setu, would you choose Limpid Construction to build your home?
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