The holy city of Banaras or Varanasi is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the ?Sapta Puri? or seven holy cities where one can attain ?Moksha.? It is believed that Lord Shiva was the founder of this city that dwells on the banks of the holy Ganga. Hindu pilgrims perform ceremonies, ritualistic ablutions as well as cremation and last rites in the river ghats which are embankments made of stone slabs. The Dashashwamedh Ghat is the most spectacular one that attracts a lot of tourists to see the beautiful evening rituals. Numerous devotees and tourists from all over the world flock to Varanasi every year to visit the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple among several others. There are several mosques and Jan temples in and around the city as well. Tourism boosts the city?s economy, along with certain medium and small-scale industries and agricultural produce. The fertile Ganges plains help the farmers cultivate crops like wheat, maize and sorghum. Copper and brass goods are also manufactured in this city apart from the small-scale industries that produce rugs, carpets, clay toys and other handicrafts. All of these contribute to the city?s economy. Varanasi is also well known for its perfumes, silk and muslin fabrics, jewelry designs, sculptures and ivory crafts. This ancient city is indeed rich in its culture and traditions.
PNB was found in 1894 and registered under the Company Act on 19th May with its office in Lahore before partition. Presently the head office is in New Delhi, India. The bank had over 80 million customers, 6,900 branches across India. Overseas, PNB has a banking subsidiary in the UK, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Kabul. It was established with the primary objective of strengthening the economic development in the country. The representative offices of PNB are in Dubai, Sydney, Almaty, Oslo, and Shanghai. The bank started its operations on 12th April 1895. The founding members of PNB consist of many leaders from the Swadeshi movement. Mr.Lala Lajpat Rai was actively involved with the management of bank in its initial years of formation. The PNB was the first national bank to began and survive with the national capital. It had the privilege of maintaining accounts of prominent leaders such as Lal Bahadur Shastri, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and JL Nehru. The first branch of PNB outside Lahore was started in 1900. In 1969, the government nationalized it.