Being the third largest city in Tamil Nadu, Madurai is located on the banks of River Vaigai. It is known for its vibrant and rich cultural heritage. It is a seat of education for the Tamil language and famous for its aesthetic art and literature. Madurai has been held in high esteem by many scholars and it is referred to as the "City of Temples and Poets." The history of Madurai dates back to 3rd century BCE, with proof of its vintage through archaeological surveys. The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai draws many devotees and tourists to the city throughout the year. Tourists from all over the country, especially its southern state, visit Madurai to explore its many temples as well as popular tourist spots like the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Rajaji Children?s Park, etc. The modern city of Madurai is divided into 100 wards, each of which is administered by an elected member. The city has a large farming community involved in the cultivation of crops like paddy, jasmine, rubber, etc. These drive the economy and trade in the city apart from a few modern industries such as the manufacture of tires, auto components, granite, textile and chemicals. Madurai serves as the base for a few popular two-wheeler manufacturers in India. Many software companies have recently opened their offices in the city and Madurai has been promoted to a Tier-II city. With pristine universities and colleges like the Madurai Kamaraj University, Madura College, Thiagarajar College, American College, Madurai Law College etc. the city is regarded as an academic center for the state of Tamil Nadu.
The State Bank of India was found on 1 July 1955. The Reserve Bank of Indias stake in SBI, took over by the government of India in 2008 to remove any conflict of interest because the RBI is the banking regulatory authority of India. The government passed the (Subsidiary Banks) Act, State Bank of India in 1959. This made SBI subsidiaries free, that had belonged to princely states before their nationalization. The operational takeover between September 1959 and October 1960, had earned eight associate state banks for SBI. The SBI united with the first Five Year Plan, which prioritized the development of rural India. The government integrated these associate banks into the State Bank of India system to expand its rural outreach. The State Bank of Jaipur and State Bank of Bikaner was merged with the State Bank of India in 1963. The SBI had 59,291 ATMs as of 31st March 2017. The SBI provided an integrated digital banking platform named "YONO" to its customers. The equity shares of SBI are listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, and NSE.