Description of the significance of Rama Setu can be found in abundance throughout the literature of Dharma Shastras. In Puranas, the importance of Setu is explained in great details, especially in Skanda Purana, Vishnu Purana, Agni Purana, and Brahma Purana.
This article explores Sri Skanda Mahapurana, with objective of understanding the importance with which Rama Setu is held in the Hindu traditions, and how significant it really is for Hindus.
It is not the facts which guide the conduct of our Cabinet Ministers in New Delhi, but their preconceived opinions about facts, which may be entirely wrong. We as helpless citizens can only endeavor to make them right by bringing them up for open public debate and discussion. If there is a Union Cabinet Minister who blatantly avoids solid facts like fire or runs away from facts or hides vital facts from public view regardless of costs and consequences to the Nation and its Exchequer, it is the Union Shipping and Transport Minister, T R Baalu. His official contempt for our Prime Minister, running counter to and cutting at the root of the very basis of Cabinet System of Government, is now not only a matter of common knowledge but common public joke, throughout the country. In so far as the SSCP is concerned, T R Baalu believes in manufacturing his own ''Periyar-Keemayana'' fiction everyday which runs counter to all the known scientific facts assiduously collected and documented by several scientific and technical Bodies/ Departments of the Government of India.
It is a national tragedy that under the UPA Government's unwritten working commandment, the good Ministers have no command and the wicked and corrupt ones have full and unrestrained command.
Dandi Swami Sri Vidyananda Bharati in his Demand Notice Petition has invited the attention of the Government of India to the fact that the enormous religious sentiment of the Hindus of India with respect to Ram Setu, sacredly viewed as a creation of Lord Rama and his Vanara army led by Lord Hanuman, has also been intentionally disregarded with supreme contempt by the Government of India at the highest level in general and the Union Ministries of Culture, Environment and Forests and Shipping and Transport of the Government of India in particular. This clearly raises issues under Articles 25 and 26 of the Indian Constitution relating to Freedom of Religious Conscience and Freedom to Manage Religious affairs.
Dandi Swami Sri Vidyananda Bharati in his Demand Notice Petition to the Government of India and the Government of Tamilnadu has highlighted the following vital 'Environmental' and other connected issues which have been totally ignored or overlooked by the Government of India and the Government of Tamilnadu while giving their final clearance to the Setusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP). Government of India and the Government of Tamilnadu will be putting our whole nation in a state of mortal peril if they choose to ignore the grave and timely warning signals given by Sri Vidyananda Bharati, wholly based on rigorously analysed and scientifically and technically valid points and arguments adduced by him, in his Demand Notice Petition.
Dandi Swami Sri Vidyananda Bharati has indeed spoken on behalf of all the shattered and battered Hindus of India. He has given this message to the Government: 'The sacred and immemorial rights of all the Hindus of India are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty Government records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of Hindu human nature right from the dawn of Human History, by the hand of the Divinity itself rooted in Sanathana Dharma which mocks at TIME and remains unaltered and imperishable, can never get erased or obscured or cast aside by any petty dictatorial Government or pernicious mortal political power dressed in brief authority for a moment'.