Podi Hamuduruwo has been able to transform December 31st to a night of blessings and spiritual merit. It was usually a night of drinking and dancing for youngsters, where exorbitant sums were spent as entrance fees for clubs and venues.
Galboda Gnanissara Thera (Podi Hamuduruwo) was 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.