Tirupati is a religious city in the Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Ministry of Tourism of India awarded the title of the "Best Heritage City" to Tirupati in 2012-13. The city is being developed into a smart city. The city has a population of around three lakhs but it attracts lakhs of devotees who come to visit the famous Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. It is the worlds richest temple of Lord Venkateswara. Tourism is the major industry and main source of economic growth in Tirupati. The entire economy of the city is either directly or indirectly dependent upon Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Being a tourism hub, the hospitality industry has also become a major industry in Tirupati as the city is dotted with hotels, lodges and other forms of accommodation for the devotees and tourists. Apart from tourism, the city is also known for its textile, mobile, automobile, electrical and electronic industries. Besides the main Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, devotees flock to this city to visit all the other ancient temples such as the Padmavathi Temple at Tiruchanur, the Kapileswara Temple at Kapila Theertham, the Govindaraja Temple, the Thathayyagunta Gangamma Temple, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple, etc.
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.