Starting yesterday, the celebrations are in full swing for Durga Pooja. India’s holiday season officially begins with Mahalaya. It signals that the much anticipated Durga Puja celebration has arrived. Kolkata will provide an exciting pandal hopping experience this season in a fusion of culture and technology.
How can one become fully immersed? Several committees have partnered with digital companies this year to offer pandal hopping experiences through the metaverse.
According to reports, visitors from all across the nation will have the chance to visit these renowned pandals and join in the iconic celebrations as a result of the metaverse pandal hopping.
As famous Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata, such as Ahiritola Sarbojanin, Deshapriya Park, Ballygunge Cultural, and Tala Prattay pandals, will be reachable through 3D twins on the metaverse, Maa Durga will experience her first-ever “MetaPujo.” The experience of physically visiting Durga Puja in Kolkata would certainly be missed, but you may virtually experience the thrill of pandal hopping from anywhere around the globe.
Both Metaform and XP&DLAND are responsible for the MetaPujo project. On the “Spatial” metaverse platform, where users may enter a shared social area where people from all over the world can congregate and stroll about, chat, and even take pictures, they have planned centers centered around 3D recreations of the pandals. Additionally, users may create a meta-realistic avatar of themselves.
All users may access the platform via basic smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches. Four distinctive NFTs of Maa Durga idols from the most popular pandals in Kolkata—Deshapriya Park, Tala Prattay, Ahiritola Sarbojanin, and Ballygunge Cultural—will be presented by MetaPujo. On XP&DLand, the four NFTs will be dropped for no charge so that fans and collectors may claim them using their Web 3.0 wallets.