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5 Faith-tech Startups to Look Out For

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In today’s internet-first world where almost everything is on our fingertips, it’s now time to bring religion, prayers and spirituality also to the online medium. Since the pandemic, we have already seen a considerable rise in the faith-tech space wherein instead of crowding temples physically and standing in long queues, most people prefer to do their darshans online. Now, with the temperatures also soaring, devotees have yet another reason to turn to the virtual medium for all their spiritual needs such as pujas, darshans, etc. This not only includes the elderly but also the millennials who are normally pressed for time due to their hectic schedules and prefer to do their worship online.

Below are a few virtual spiritual players that devotees can now turn to for all their religious and spiritual needs, from the comfort and safety of their homes. 

·  VAMA– Established by Manu Jain, Himanshu Semwal & Aacharya Dev in late 2020, it is a one-stop virtual platform that provides easy access to an array of services for one’s religious/spiritual journey. It strives to be accessible to devotees from across the globe by eliminating any geographical or physical barriers that may stand in the way of their spiritual journey. The platform has witnessed a huge traction from across age-groups and cities during the pandemic and successive lockdowns, and is of the view that the offline to online shift of devotees is here to stay, owing to its convenience, time-effectiveness and accessibility to Pujas and Darshans, anywhere in the country

·  Apps for Bhaarat– The company was started with the objective to serve the under-served religious needs of Indian users, by building high-quality products that offer the best-in-class user experience and delight. It was founded by Prashant Sachan after he realized that there is one such user need that hasn’t got the love from the Indian app developers that it deserves — the spiritual & devotional needs of the people of India. The company is on a mission to assist a billion Indians in their spiritual and devotional journeys- and guide them on the path towards feeling happy, peaceful, and content

·  Onlineprasad– Founded in 2012 by Goonjan Mall, is a one stop spiritual destination aims at bringing people closer to their faith by using technology. Since 2012 the brand is offering Pooja services such as Shani Pooja, Rudrabhishek Pooja, etc. along with the home delivery of the prasad from more than 50 temples across India

·  Shubhpuja– This is an online portal that extends beyond religious offering astrology, numerology and vaastu consultations. The venture was launched by Saumya Vardhan after her stint as technology consultant at KPMG and Ernst & Young. She now employs over 30 religious studies postgraduates and doctorate holders in a bid to bring top talent to the yet to be organised market of faith-tech

·  Temple 360– Temple 360 is a website that allows devotees to take a virtual tour of a number of temples. They have made it possible to view the splendor of some of the most religious Hindu pilgrimages that exist on the internet. A devotee can also perform an e-aarti and use a variety of additional services via the website like  e-donation

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