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.

Opening of Buddhist Art Gallery at Gangaramaya Temple

An art gallery depicting paintings found in Sri Lankan temples from ancient times to the present, was opened at the Gangaramaya temple by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Almsgiving to bestow merit on tsunami victims

An alms giving was held under the patronage of Ven.Galaboda Gnanissara Thera, the Chief Incumbent of Hunupitiya Gangaramaya, Colombo to bestow merits upon those who lost their lives in Japan due to the tsunami devastation.