He was born on 24th April 1948 in the Gangodawila area and was ordained as a monk in the year 1974. From then onwards he began his Dhamma serice. The peerless service rendered by Ven Soma Thera in helping to forge all patriotic forces thro his sermons could not be forgotten. The prelate who visited Australia in 1986 established the Victoria Buddhist Viahre and the Shakyamuni Sambuddha Vihare three years later. He played a pioneering role in bringing about Buddhist renaissance. He visited St. Petersburg in Russia in 2003 to receive a Doctorate for the services discharged by him for the propagation of the Dhamma. However, he could not return to the country after the occasion. Various Pinkamas are being organized to mark the commemoration.
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