Haridwar is an ancient and holy city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The River Ganga, after having descended from its source in the Gangotri Glacier for 253 kilometers, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains for the first time at Haridwar. Hence the ancient name of the city was Gangadw?ra. Haridwar is one of the sapta Puri or seven holiest places where, according to Hindu mythology, salvation can be attained. According to Hindu religious texts, Amrit or elixir had been accidentally spilled over Haridwar during the mythological "Samudra Manthan." The spot where the elixir had been spilled is known as Brahma Kund which is a celebrated Hindu pilgrimage. Moreover, the Kumbh Mela is celebrated at Haridwar every 12 years and millions of people from across the world throng to the city. They perform the ritualistic dip in the holy Ganga and seek salvation. Tourism drives the economy of the state and the place is always full of devotees or tourists. The hospitality industry is equally thriving in this city. Haridwar is also an ancient seat of learning and it hosts many prestigious educational institutions. The city is well connected to all parts of the country. The most famous places that people visit in Haridwar are Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Kankhal, Pawan Dham, Bharat Mata Mandir, etc. There are quite a few places for shopping in Haridwar where people usually purchase items of devotion and inexpensive ornaments.
The Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. or SVC Cooperative Bank Limited, is a banking company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 a scheduled bank, and one of the oldest Urban Co-operative Bank in India built in 1906. The bank was set up when co-operation was just started in the country. It was established with the primary aim of helping the less fortunate members of the community under the ambit of its economic enterprises. It was also to encourage savings and to create funds for providing financial aid to deserving members.Mr. Rao Bahadur Shripad Subbarao Talmaki was the chief architect of the Bank. The Bank was initially registered as a Co-operative Credit Society on 27 December 1906. The Bank is present in 10 States of India. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In 1907, cumulative deposit scheme, fixed deposit scheme and saving bank deposit were introduced by the bank. After that in 1911, the facilities for remittance were made available to the members by the draft. In 1913, the cash credit scheme was introduced by the bank. In 1956, facilities were thrown open to all communities. In 1988, the Shamrao Vithal bank was conferred the scheduled bank status.