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.
In 1926, seven businessmen of Karur founded Lakshmi Vilas Bank under the leadership of Shri V.S.N. Ramalinga Chettiar. They aimed to serve the financial needs of people who were occupied in trading businesses, industry and agriculture, in and around Karur. The bank was established on November 3, 1926, under the Indian Companies Act, 1913, and on November 10, 1926, it obtained the certificate to commence business. After the Banking Regulations Act was introduced in1949, the bank received its banking license from RBI and became a scheduled commercial bank? revealing its capability to operate as a full-fledged commercial bank. Lakshmi Vilas Bank did considerable expansion of its branch network from 1961 to 1965, when the bank took over nine other banks. The bank started the development of its branch network beyond Tamil Nadu in 1974 to take benefit from the additional opportunities across India. Thus, offices were established in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, critical financial centres like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as in other prominent business centers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.