RamaayaN by Valmiki 12
…and the ocean was bridged
Ram was facing the ocean. It was roaring like thousands and thousands of loins and running towards the shore jumping violently in high tides…and at the other side of it his most loving wife Sita was captivated by a monster named Ravan. This aggravated his anger at the top. He cannot stand idle here. He will dry up the ocean by releasing his powerful missile from his bow. Then he will proceed to Lanka on the dry land with the whole mighty army of Sugreeva…his right hand went to his left shoulder and his well known bow was in his hand and he was about to load the brightly shining missile on it…his thinking was .about to be translated into action. This ran shiver throughout the ocean… he felt ocean standing before him with its folded palms ,head down and praying him humbly…Ram saw hundreds and thousands and thousands of living being floating fearfully on the surface of the ocean, he saw many huge mountains also floating there with fear this included Mandraachal also from where the Sun – god starts his journey of light, generating new life into the whole creation daily…if the missile is operated by shri Ram, it will destroy countless races of beings residing deep into the ocean forever and the waterless ocean will cause total imbalance to the environment…then what?…the ocean spoke to Ram-‘o mightiest among all , Nala , one of the senior ministers of Sugreeva is the son of Vshwakarma, He is a great engineer. He can construct a bridge over the ocean… Ram looked at his brother Laxman…he agreed to this option…Sugreeva confirmed the ability of Nala and it was decided to construct a huge bridge over the ocean .running from one end to the other … Nala wanted to start this work immediately…this filled Vaanars (monkeys), with great enthusiasm and they started leaping and producing cheerful sounds of victory around.
All monkeys came in action immediately. On instructions of Nala, thousands and thousands and crores of huge monkeys like elephants came in action and they started dumping huge pieces of mountains and huge trees into the ocean and the construction of the bridge started progressing fast…some monkeys were helping Nala in maintaining the measurement of the width of the bridge and some were helping him in arranging the huge pieces of mountains and trees systematically. They constructed fourteen yojan (hundred and five miles) long bridge in a day. On the fifth day the impossible was made possible. The great bridge was ready across the ocean .It was eighty miles wide and eight hundred miles long…this was an unbelievable creation …it was one of the wonders which had taken place on the earth ever before and there is no possibility to be repeated ever again… it was a great creation of monkeys …it was a great product o unbeatable determination…gods and goddesses watched the bridge from the heaven with shocking surprise…it was a creation which can only be stamped as –NA BHOOTO NA BHVSHYATI… Monkeys were full of enthusiasm…some walked on the bridge playfully…some took long leap… some swam enthusiastically…this way the whole army of Sugreeva reached to the other side of the ocean along with the progress of construction of the bridge.
Sugreeva requested Ram and Laxman to ride on the shoulders of hanuman and Angad to cover the distance faster with their leaping flights through the sky. Both brothers did so.