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.

Nawam Perahera 2016 – Day 01

Captured moments of the vibrant Nawam Maha Perahera as artisans turned out in their best traditional performances and regalia, including cane dancers…

කොළඹ නවම් පෙරහැර

(සියලු ජාතීන් සහ ආගමිකයින් එක්ව නරඹන) කොළඹ නවම් පෙරහැර 2016 පෙබරවාරි 21 සහ 22 රාත්‍රී 7.00 ට කාරැණික ආධාරය චෙක්පත් හෝ මනි ඕඩර් මගින්: “ශ්‍රී ජිනරතන භික්ෂු අභ්‍යාස විද්‍යාලය කාරක […]