The State Bank of India is India’s largest public sector bank. Looking at the SBI logo, I have always wondered what it represents. It looked like a keyhole to me that could present SBI as the symbol of safety, security and strength.
But did you know that it was actually inspired by a Lake! Yes, that’s right. It was inspired by the Kankaria lake, Ahmedabad Gujarat.
While addressing at the National Summit on Financial Services in Gandhinagar, SBI Chief General Manager spoke on this in presence of the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
SBI CGM said, “SBI is very closely associated with Gujarat since 1860. In fact SBI’s logo came from National Institute of Design(NID), Ahmedabad, and apparently the inspiration was Kankaria lake of Ahmedabad.”
Meaning of the logo:
The circular form suggests unity, completeness, the fullness of man’s being and his growing consciousness and continual expansion (of the bank).
The small circle in the centre connotes that despite the bank’s size, it is the small man who holds the centre of State Bank stage.
The standard color of the emblem is “coats fast blue.”
The first Emblem of the State Bank of India was adopted in 1955 and it’s showing a banyan tree.
The banyan tree has strong roots and its branches are capable of propagating and growing because of its aerial roots.