G. P. Wickramarachchi

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Pandit G. P. Wickramarachchi
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Pandit G. P. Wickramarachchi.
Born
Gabriyal Perera Wickramarachchi

(1889-09-28)28 September 1889
Nadungamuwa Gampaha
Died29 March 1975(1975-03-29) (aged 85)
NationalityCeylonese
Other namesGampaha Veda Mahatthaya
Loku Ralahami
Panditha Ralahami
Loku Veda Mahatthaya
Vayidiya Chakravarti
Ayurveda Raja Vayidiya
Ayurveda Chakravarti
Alma materHenegama Government School
Uttharamulla Pirivena
Vidyodaya Pirivena
Jamini Bhushan Ray Ashtanga Ayurvedic Vidyalaya
OccupationAyurvedic physician
Spouse(s)Adhikari Appuhamilage Sumanawathi Jayasundara
Children1 son and 3 daughters

Gabriyal Perera Wickramarachchi (Sinhala: ජී. පී. වික්‍රමආරච්චි; 28 September 1889 – 29 March 1975) also known as Ayurveda Chakravarti Pandit Wickramarachchi was a distinguished eminent Ceylonese Ayurvedic physician, author, linguist, senator, lawyer (notary), lecturer and a philanthropist who founded Gampaha Siddhayurveda Vidyalaya which later became Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute of University of Kelaniya.

Early life and education[edit]

Father, Velum Perera Wickramarachchi Veda Ralahamy.

Wickramarachchi was born on 28 September 1889 in Nadungamuwa Gampaha as the third son of the family to Velum Perera Wickramarachchi,an indigenous medical practitioner and his wife Sara Nona Dharmawathi.He received his primary education at Henegama Government School and secondary education at Uttharamulla Pirivena.He entered the Vidyodaya Pirivena in circa.1909 and graduated in oriental languages in 1913 with the title Rajakiya Pandit.In 1917 he sat for the notary exam and became a notary,in that same year he won a scholarship to Jamini Bhushan Ray Ashtanga Ayurvedic Vidyalaya in Calcutta.After three years of studying there he earned his degree of LAMS (Hons) in 1920 and the degree of Kaviranjan from Kaliya Ayurveda Bavan in 1921.Pandit Wickramarachchi married Adhikari Appuhamilage Sumanawathi Jayasundara in 1924, with whom he had one son and three daughters.

Career and service[edit]

Pandit Wickramarachchi started his professional career at Gampaha and became the most brilliant Ayurvedic Physician at that era.He established Gampaha Siddhayurveda Vidyalaya in 1929 and maintained the Vidyalaya at his own expenses and no fees were charged from the students even for lodging.Pandit Wickramarachchi started the medicine factory attached to the Vidyalaya in the 1930s (1932 or 1934).

Wickramarachchi Veda Ralahami was a well disciplined devout Buddhist and rendered his service as the Editor of Sinhala Bauddhaya from 1914 to 1917 in request of the Buddhist revival leader Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala.His contribution for Journals, Magazines and Newspapers was enormous.He wrote five to six books on Ayurveda medicines and a route to a healthy life,even today some of his books such as "Bojana Sangrahaya", "Lakdiva Raktha Roga Sangarahaya" are extremely popular books among the Ayurvedic medical practitioners and consider them as classics.

The Government of Ceylon in 1957 nominated him as a member of the Council of Senate, in appreciating his services.Considering his professional career, the Vidyodaya University of Ceylon granted him the Degree of Ayurveda Chakravarti in 1960 and later on he was the Dean of the Faculty of Science of Vidyodaya University.He extended his service for 46 years in the Gampaha Siddhayurveda Vidyalaya until 1975.

Death[edit]

Pandit Wickramarachchi died peacefully on 29 March 1975 at his home in Gampaha.

References[edit]

  • Devaraj, Saranadasa (2002 September). ගුරු දෙවි සෙවනේ (Guru Devi Sevane) (1st ed.). Colombo: Deepani Publishers. p. 140.
  • Hewawissa, Tissa (2009). වෙද සක්විති වික්‍රමආරච්චි වෙද රාලහාමි (Veda Sakvithi Wickramarachchi Veda Ralahami) (1st ed.). Colombo: Akura Publishers. p. 48. ISBN 978-955-1913-45-8

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