Mehsana is a municipality situated in the Mehsana district in the Indian state of Gujarat. The name of this city is also spelled Mahesana. Mehsana was founded by the Rajput heir of the Chavda dynasty by the name of Mehsaji Chavda. He had constructed the Torana or the arc gate of the city and had also built a temple dedicated to Goddess Toran in 1414. The city was a part of the Bombay state after the Indian independence. It got annexed into the state of Gujarat in 1960. The city houses around 2 lakh residents who speak in Gujarati, Marathi and Hindi. The city is famous for its local breed of Mehsani buffaloes. The Doodhsagar Dairy in Mehsana is the largest dairy in Asia. The city also houses one of the largest assets for the onshore production of oil and natural gas by ONGC. The agriculture, as well as the road-equipment based industries, are also doing quite well in Mehsana. The Ganpat University and the Gujarat Technological University are the reputed educational institutions in this city. The city has a spectacular stepwell at Boter Kotha ni Vav, built during the rule of Emperor Aurangzeb. Badiyashi Vav in Biladi Baug is another stepwell worth visiting. There are several Jain and Hindu temples in and around Mehsana that call for a visit.
the State Bank of Travancore (SBT) was a premier Indian bank based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The SBT was a sister concern of the State Bank Group, but it also had private shareholders. SBT was the leading bank of Kerala. It had a network of 1,157 branches and 1,602 ATMs across India, as of 31 March 2015. The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of combining SBT and four other associate banks with SBI, on 15 February 2017. On 31 March 2017, It finally merged with its parent SBI bank. It was founded on 12 September 1945 as the Travancore Bank Ltd, an initiative by Travancore Diwan C. P. Ramaswami Iyer. Due to widespread resentment against his dictatorial rule, the bank never gave him the credit of his role. Instead, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the Maharaja of Travancore was considered as the founder of the bank, though the king had little to do with the founding of the SBT bank. Although the contribution of the Travancore government was 25% only in the bank capital, apart from its general banking business, the bank undertook government treasury work and foreign exchange business. Its head office was located at Thiruvananthapuram. It became a subordinate of State Bank of India under the SBI Subsidiary Banks Act, 1959, in 1960, enacted by the Parliament of India, and thus achieved the name state Bank of Travancore.Ms. Arundhatti Bhattacharya is the ex-officio chairman, and Mr. CR Sasikumar is the managing director of the SBT.