Gods row minister offers to quit
Hindu devotees believe the bridge was built by Lord Ram
India's culture minister has offered to resign in a row over whether Hindu gods are mythological figures.
Hindu devotees believe the area between India and Sri Lanka - now known as Adam's Bridge - was built millions of years ago by Lord Ram, supported by an army of monkeys.
Ms Soni said an investigation was under way
Hardline Hindu opponents of the government accused the administration of blasphemy and protesters carried out demonstrations in the area and in Delhi, Bhopal, and on a number of key highways.
The $560m Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project is expected to provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian peninsula.
The government wants to build a canal to link the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar by dredging a canal through the shallow sea.
$560m Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project