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.

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.

Sacred Hair Relics of the Lord Buddha placed at the Gangaramaya Temple

President Mahinda Rajapaksa after an official three-day visit to Bangladesh returned to Sri Lanka with sacred Kesha Dhathu (hair relics) of the Lord Buddha.They have been presented ….

Buddhist Art Gallery Gangaramaya Temple

The art gallery houses paintings of Sri Lankan temples comprising of three hundred works of art depicting the evolution of Buddhist art over various periods. The displays include replicas of […]