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.

ගංගාරාමය නවම් මහා පෙරහැර

Nawam Maha Perahera – Annual Prestigious Cultural Pageant will be held on February 21st and 22nd 2016.

Transform December 31st To a Night of Blessing and Spiritual Merit

All are welcome to the Gangaramaya Temple on 31st night to receive blessings and a collection of blessed items such as coins and pirith nool.