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.
ICICI Bank is an Indian multinational and financial services company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, with its registered office in Vadodara. In 2017, it became the third largest bank in India concerning assets and fourth regarding market capitalization. It offers many products and financial services for corporate and retail customers through investment banking, life insurance, non-life insurance, venture capital and asset management. The bank had a vast network of 4,850 branches and 14,404 ATMs in India having a presence in 17 countries as of 2017. In 1998, ICICIs shareholding in ICICI Bank was reduced to 46 percent, through a public offering of shares in India , followed by an equity offering in the form of American Depositary Receipts on the NYSE in 2000. ICICI Bank acquired the Bank of Madura Limited in an all-stock deal in 2001, Sangli Bank in 2007 and Bank of Rajasthan in 2010. In 2000, ICICI Bank became the first Indian bank to list on the New York Stock Exchange with its five million American depositary shares. In October 2001, the merger of ICICI and two of its wholly-owned retail finance subsidiaries was permitted by the Boards of Directors of ICICI and ICICI Bank, ICICI Personal Financial Services Limited and ICICI Capital Services Limited, with ICICI Bank.