The Globe and Mail reports today that, "The Ganges is perhaps the most sacred body of water on Earth - 60,000 people go to its banks to worship every day, and every year millions make a pilgrimage to Varanasi, which has been considered a holy place for thousands of years."
THE GANGES IS ONE OF THE MOST POLLUTED RIVERS IN THE WORLD "The Ganges is also one of the world's most polluted waterways. It runs 2,525 kilometres from its source in the Himalayas to empty into the Bay of Bengal. There are 116 cities along its banks, all expanding rapidly, none effectively treating its sewage. The Ganges basin is home to 40 per cent of India's 1.2 billion people. Here in a city of two million in the heart of that basin, the river's fecal-coliform count is 3,000 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization."