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 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.