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.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.