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Ram-setu is mentioned as a bridge in multiple records by famous travelers.

There are sources which states that the bridge was above sea-level till 1480 AD.

But there is a legend which claims that Lord Ram destroyed the bridge after killing Ravana and evacuating Sita ji. I want to know does any scripture supports this legend? or it is just a legend?

PS: not doubting the authenticity of Ramayana, just this specific legend

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  • Why would he destroy it? Surely anyone powerful enough in the time in between would be a more sensible option. Jan 4 at 22:29
  • It was not destroyed.
    – Soumendra
    Jan 5 at 3:47

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We don't find this incident in Valmiki Ramayanam. But this story is found in the Skanda Purana. So maybe this story belongs to some other kalpa.

When ShriRama slayed Ravana, his brother Vibhishana requested him to destroy the bridge.

  1. With the palms joined in reverence, Vibhīṣaṇa who was conversant with Dharma, requested the noble-souled Rāghava, the slayer of Rāvaṇa who was staying there:

74-75a. “By this Setu of yours, O Rāma, all the kings superior in power may come to my city and harass me. Hence, O scion of the family of Raghu, break this Setu with the tip of your bow.

75b-76. On being requested thus by the descendant of Pulastya, Rāghava, the delighter of the members of the family of Raghu, destroyed his own Setu with the tip of his bow. Hence, O Brāhmaṇas, that Tīrtha became well-known thereafter as Dhanuṣkoṭi.

The place where this incident took place came to be known as Dhanushkoti and it is a very holy pilgrimage.

Source used: Skanda Purana - Brahma Khanda - Setu mahatmya - Chapter 30

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