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Rig Veda VI.45.31 says

adhi bṛbuḥ paṇīnāṃ varṣiṣṭhe mūrdhannasthāt | uruḥ kakṣo na ghāṅghyaḥ ||

Brbu hath set himself above the Paṇis, o’er their highest head, Like the wide bush on Gangā's bank.

My question here - Was Ganga mentioned in this mantra, the river Ganga?

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uruḥ kakṣo na ghāṅghyaḥ ||

The correct verse is probably this:

RV_6,045.31a   adhi bṛbuḥ paṇīnāṃ varṣiṣṭhe mūrdhann asthāt |
RV_6,045.31c   uruḥ kakṣo na gāṅgyaḥ ||

Based on the context, wide (uru) and girth or bank (kakṣa), etc. the verse appears to be referring to the river.

R. L. Kashyap translates it the same way:

6.45.31: Bṛbu presided over the powerful places of the Paṇis, like the wide bank of the Ganges.

varṣhiṣhthe: most powerful, (5.7.1); According to Sāyaṇa, Bṛbu is a divine artisan (takṣha). The three mantras 31-33 deal with his gifts. Bṛbu obtained his possessions from the Paṇis for doing their work. Recall that Paṇis are the traffickers in the powers of senses. ]

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Yes. River ganga is mentioned in nadi stuti which mentions several rivers.

  • Rigveda 10:75:5

Favour ye this my laud,O Gangā, Yamunā, O Sutudri, Paruṣṇī and Sarasvatī: With Asikni, Vitasta, O Marudvrdha, O Ārjīkīya with Susoma hear my call.

  • Rigveda 6:45:31

Brbu hath set himself above the Paṇis, o’er their highest head, Like the wide bush on Gan!gā's bank.

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