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.

A colourful look into the history of the temple…Discover what went into the creation of Gangaramaya and the life of its Chief Incumbent, ‘PodiHamuduruwo’

A temple, a legacy The present Chief Incumbent of the Gangaramaya Temple, VenGalabodaGnanissaraThero has reached his 55th year since being ordained as a Buddhist monk. This book aims to give […]

In conjunction with the 55th anniversary of the ordination of Ven Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, the following activities have been organized at the Gangaramaya Temple for its devotees.

Kathina Pooja: The Robe-offering Ceremony will be held at 6.00 a. m. on the October 25, 2009. 300 Venerable Monks will be offered robes and alms-bowls at this ceremony. Religious rites […]