There were certain things in our childhood days that evoked a mysterious curiosity upon us.It could be the warbling of an unknown bird,the bulging eyes of a frog ,the paintings of strange expressions or strange landscapes that we came across.But here its not the item that listed above evoked curiosity but a flask shaped Palmyra leaf strip woven case that hung from the wooden ceiling of northern room or Vadakkara.
Grandma reported that the case contained a bottle in which Rameswara theertha Holy water is stored so that she may take the theertham or divine water close her eyes for the last time, here it is in the same room that one is born and in
the same room one is expected to die.whenever my curiosity triggered, I asked her a lot of questions… but the thing that kept my eyes wide open was the story of the Pamban brige that lifted open allowing ships to take service.. the engineering marvel that evoked awe.
When southern railway was formed amalgamating Carnatic railway company and southern Indian railway.a proposal was made to extend the railway line from Madurai to Mandapam in 1899.The most important reason for the
construction of Pamban bridge was to enlarge the trade activities and acquire the profit from it.the 2345 meter long railway bridge was constructed by 1914.the well known German engineer Scherezer designed the central part
of the bridge that opens up and allow s ferry movement.The railway bridge survived a cyclone that shattered Dhanushkodi town.The railway bridge was the only link between Rameswaram island until 1988.A road bridge running parallel to it was built. Later railway closed down the railway as a part of the guage conversion plans.Later it was converted to broad guage and was opened for trains in 2007.
Nobody can forget te train journey over the pamban bridge connecting theRameswaram island to the main land.it is a railway sea bridge with 143 piers and 2345 mts length.
The bridge turns 100 by 2014 and celebrations will be held on twenty fourth of February.A postal stamp will be released and a photo exhibition is proposed to conduct.
The Structural Engineering Division of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has begun assessing the strength of the Pamban rail bridge, which celebrates its centenary on February 24 next year. n Friday,