The city of Thrissur in the Indian state of Kerala was originally known as Thiru Siva Peroor. It is more commonly known by its anglicised name Trichur. It is the fifth largest city in Kerala as well as the third largest urban agglomeration in the state. The city functions as the headquarter of the Thrissur District. The city of Thrissur has developed around a 65-acre hillock known as the Thekkinkadu Maidan which houses the famous Vadakkumnathan temple. Thrissur used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin in olden days. Thrissur is known for its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings throughout history and hence often referred to as the Cultural Capital of Kerala. Thrissur a major financial and commercial hub of the state, dotted with thriving Malayali entrepreneurs. The city is known for its financial capabilities which predominantly fuels the economy. Thrissur has the headquarters and offices of almost all the banks registered under RBI, thus earning it the nickname of the "Banking town." Thrissur is also gradually emerging as the largest center for Ayurvedic drug manufacturing industry with more than 150 manufacturing units within the city. Modern retailing has also become a big business and revenue earner in Thrissur. Jewelry and textile retailing occupy a major part of Thrissurs retailing business. Famous jewelry groups like Kalyan Group, Joyalukkas, Jos Alukka & Sons, etc. have their bases in the city and provide employment opportunities to a lot of residents.
In 1994, HDFC Bank was established, based in Mumbai, India. As of 31st March 2018, it has a presence of 88,253 permanent employees. Outside India, it is present in Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The largest bank in India by market capitalization and ranked 69th in 2016 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first office of HDFC Bank. Across India, the bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs, as of June 30, 2017. In FY 2017, 4.30 lakhs POS terminals were installed and 235.7 lakhs debit cards and 85.4 Lacs credit cards were issued. Several products and services are offered by the HDFC Bank including wholesale banking, auto loans, two wheeler loans, personal loans, treasury, retail banking, loans against property. HDFC bank also introduced various digital products such as Payzapp and Chillr. In February 2000, the HDFC Bank merged with Times Bank. It was one of the first mergers of two private banks in the new-generation private sector banks category. The HDFC Board approved the acquisition of Centurion Bank in 2008 for 95.1 billion INR which was one of the most significant mergers in India in the financial sector.