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QR code Based CHAR DHAM Yatra: How QR codes have become quite a trend in India of late

QR code Based CHAR DHAM Yatra

Who would have thought that a developing nation like India would leverage QR codes to make hundreds of millions of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) transactions per year? Certainly not Denso Wave, the company which holds the patent rights and trademark for QR code. 

The recent technological advents in internet (5th gen internet is here), accessibility of internet and new found love for going back to a thirty year old technology like QR code, (RFID is even more older dating back to WWII) which probably has become the most cost effective AIDC tool post pandemic, have made business operations in retail, supply chain, logistics, manufacturing and automation etc. very efficient and customer friendly.

QR codes: 

India is using QR code to a great degree of advantage over other countries for sure and it certainly has something to do with Indian people to come up with ideas (what we call jugad here) like Using QR codes and RFID to visit their deities at CHAR DHAM, Vaishno Devi Shrine etc. and using QR codes to make digital payments and buy prasadam (that devotees offer to GOD) at various shrines.

QR code basically is a barcode image which is two dimensional (2D) and has vertical and horizontal data writing and encoding capabilities. It can store more data than a barcode, data like text, image, URL, phone number, pdf etc. And it comes with very QUICK RESPONSE (QR)/read rate.

QR codes Based CHAR DHAM Yatra Registration and Entry:

Recently the Uttarakhand state government (India) and authorities responsible for CHAR DHAM yatra have felicitated the use of online registration for yatra so that the authorities will have an idea of the number of people visiting there and they can arrange for adequate security and management. 

Every year thousands of pilgrims visit the four Himalayan pilgrimage sites of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in the Uttrakhand State of India. In year 2022, around 40,36000  people visited the Char Dham Yatra and the footfall is seeing a constant rise post pandemic. 

How QR code based registration for Char Dham Yatra works?

The UK govt. is felicitating online registration to help manage pilgrims better and to be able to provide them with adequate safety and make their journey smooth and successful.

People who want to visit the Char-Dham shrines can register themselves in the month of April this year and post registration; a QR code will be issued on their registered mobile number which is mandatory as of now. 

During visit, the Yatris will be given a token at the gate once they show the QR code and a time slot will be allotted for darshan as well.

QR codes to buy Pooja Samagri:

Recently during MahaShivrati, an auspicious festival of HINDUS, Paytm, a major digital payment platform, installed and felicitated QR code use at various shrines across India. Pooja Samagri and other stalls outside theses shrines now have QR code payment options for pilgrims to make their journey smooth.

RFID Yatri Card at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine:

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, India now uses RFID technology to felicitate smooth and safe yatra for lakhs of pilgrims that visit the most coveted Shrine in India. 

The use of RFID embedded yatra card allows for better tracking of people during the 13km long Yatra to Bhawan, situated at TRIKUTA hills. It is very helpful when a member of the group is lost or left behind.

A safe and secure implementation of technology to help people is always a win-win scenario.

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  • Last updated on Apr 18, 2023