Mathura is a pious city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh which has been selected as one of the heritage cities for Indian Governments Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme. Mathura is considered to be a holy city as it was the birthplace of Lord Krishna. It is one of the seven cities included in the sapta Puri, where, according to the beliefs of Hinduism, Moksha or salvation can be attained. The city with 4 lakh residents now used to be a thriving hub of trade and commerce earlier for its strategic location at the junction of important caravan routes. The twin-city of Mathura and Vrindavan hold great historic and religious importance. Being the birthplace and hometown of Lord Krishna, this city is dotted with innumerable temples and thus attract a lot of Hindu devotees from all over the country. Tourism drives the economy of this city, closely followed by the Mathura Refinery, an oil refinery of Indian Oil Corporation. The city boasts of its aesthetic culture and traditions. sanjhee is the colorful art of decorating the ground with flowers. The city is known for its traditional folk-songs that express the love of Lord Krishna and Radha. The Raaslilas of Mathura are an integral part of Indian Folklore.
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.