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Gangaramaya Temple

Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Location : Colombo
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Gangaramya, originally a small hermitage on a piece of marshy land, was transformed into a nationally and internationally famous Vihara by Ven. Dewundara Sri Jinaratana Nayaka Thero.
Winning the hearts of the Buddhists as well as the non-Buddhists of the area and with their support in a short time he transformed the little hermitage to the famous Gangaramaya of today, as a memento to his revered Guru teacher Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thero.
Today Gangaramaya is not only as a place of worship; it is also a centre of learning. It has main features of a Vihara (temple), the Cetiya (Pagoda) the Bodhitree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Simamalaka and the Relic Chamber. In addition, a museum, a library, residential hall, a three-storied Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall are also on the premises.
All the subsequent incumbents of Gangaramya have had the will, the drive and the energy to serve the public in religious, cultural and national matters. For over a century from 1890, it has been making a valuable contribution to the traditions of Viharas and Pirivenas.


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