Kalpnik Technologies is an Indian startup that is into deploying virtual reality (VR) technologies that offers 360-degree experience of temples to devotees from the comfort of their homes. They also have plans to integrate their offerings into the religious tourism space. This startup has just received a $500, 000 funding (Rs 3.25 crore) from several angel investors from the Venture Catalysts stable.
Some of them include Ashwani Kakkar (Mercury Travels & Via.com), G G Gulati (Chairman, United Group of Institutions), Bobby Reddy ( Indus Homes), Anuj Puri, Nitesh Prakash (Senior Director, Ola), Vikash Agarwal & Manish Agarwal (Nandan Group).
There are others also who have pitched in. Among the above, Anuj Puri is expected to join the Kalpnik board as a Director.
Kalpnik claims to be revolutionising the concept of devotee engagement in India through immersive VR content and technology. Its proprietary patent-pending technology delivers object insertion and interactivity in 360-degree VR video streams, enabling a powerful viewing experience.
Kalpnik is simultaneously working with VR headset makers so that compatible programs can be included in their portfolio and smartphone users, whether on Android or iOS operating systems can equally benefit from the experience. Going ahead, Kalpnik can replicate the model in other sectors like sports and entertainment and so on.
It has to be mentioned here that some online portals have been operating in this religious space offering e-poojas and mailing Prasad, etc. However, none of them appear to have gone to the extent Kalpnik intends to do in terms of the depth and width of their offerings. As mentioned there are plans to link the religious tourism into the main concept, which can also pay rich dividends.
The potential customers for Kalpnik would naturally be the Indian diaspora spread across the world and they claim to have already sounded out their concept to 100 odd NRIs, who appear to be excited about it.