Metaform and XP&DLand have announced a MetaPujo today, which will foray to bring Durga puja festivities of Kolkata to the metaverse. Deshapriya Park, Ballygunge Cultural, Ahiritola Sarbojanin, and Tala Prattay pandals will be accessible via three-dimensional (3D) twins on the metaverse.
MetaPujo will introduce four NFTs of Durga idols from the most visited Durga pandals of Kolkata. The platform has planned centers around 3D recreations of the pandals, where users in a metaverse platform, ‘Spatial,’ can enter a shared social space where people from worldwide can come together, interact, and even take photographs.
Users have to create a meta-realistic avatar of themselves, with the platform accessible to all through simple smartphones, tablets, and wearables. As stated by Sukrit Singh, co-founder of Metaform and XP&DLand, the platform aims to bridge the gap between devotion and technology.
“This initiative aims to give Durga an address on Web3.0, where the devout from across the world can enter a three-dimensional recreation of the pandals and participate in darshans from the popular pandals of Kolkata. While doing so, attendees could claim four NFTs of her idols that have been created especially for the current occassion, each correlating to one of the pandals,” he added.
“We aim to democratize the metaverse. One doesn’t have to be in Kolkata to celebrate the pujas now. Meta pujos will allow people from across the world to enter pandals as family and friends, separated by physical distance but united in celebration.”
“In addition to presenting these experiences, introducing the concept of digital ownership, we intend to drop digital collectibles or NFTs, which can be purchased. These digital tokens will generate a value over time given their real-life utility. In the future, the plan is to monetize the collectibles and drive community with utility (whether for community, experiences, or collectibles) at a later stage with the intent to build a business,” Suveer Bajaj, co-founder of Metaform and XP&Dland, stated.