Galboda Gnanissara Thera (Podi Hamuduruwo) had been ordained by Vacissara Nayake Thera on 8 November 1954 and soon became the live wire in the temple.

With the deterioration of his eye sight, Vacissara Nayaka Thera's heath declined and Podi Hamuduruwo was handed over the responsibility of running the temple affairs.

He responded well and soon expanded the activities, particularly those of the vocational centre. Realising the need for a meaningful cultural event in the City, he planned to hold a procession annually in February.

The 'Navam Perahera' attracts both local and foreign visitors and is the most talked-about cultural pageant in the City.

Social Services

Na Sevana Community Development Project


The project is to be launched under the joint patronage of Hon. Namal Rajapaksa MP and Gangaramaya Temple for the benefit and well being of the people of the Hambantota District. The focus will be on Spiritual, Health, Educational and Economic Development.

Buddharashmi National Vesak Festival 2014

The National Vesak Festival 2014 will be organised for the eighth consecutive time in coordination with the President’s Office. The regions surrounding the Temple Trees and the Gangaramaya Temple would comprise the Vesak Zone and draw the highest participation of the general public.

The New Year “Sathi Pirith Ceremony”

For the 82nd successive year, the historical Pirith Ceremony of the Gangarayama Temple commences at 7:30 pm on 1st April (Tuesday) to continue day and night for seven days.