ALLAHABAD: Ganga is not just a river but it has acquired the status of a goddess and regarded as the cradle of Indian civilisation, said vice-chancellor of Maharshi Visvavidyalaya, West Indies, Swami Brahmaswaroopji Maharaj while visiting the Ganga gallery in the Mela area on Thursday.

The VC said the river is getting polluted day by day because of industrial waste. Many industries are situated along the rivers across the world but those rivers are not as polluted as the Ganga. "After visiting the exhibition I have understood the root cause of pollution in the Ganga," said Swami Brahmaswaroopji.