Vadodara is more popularly known by its earlier name Baroda. It is an important city in Gujarat. Vadodara stands third among the largest cities in Gujarat, closely following Ahmedabad and Surat. It is known for its rich cultural heritage, and hence the city has earned the name of the ?Sanskrit Nagar? or the ?Kala Nagari? (City of Arts). After the Mughals were expelled by the Marathas from Gujarat, their local lieutenants known as the Gaekwad clan settled down in Vadodara. The descendants of the royal family still remain in this city in the famous Lakshmi Vilas Palace. Fertilizers, medicines, compounds, fisheries, dairy, fiber weaves and machine gears contribute to this citys economy. Crops like rice, wheat, grams, sugarcane, yellow peas and yarn are harvested in Vadodara. The city is located on the banks of the Vishwamitri river. Vadodara experiences a semi-arid climate, with dry summers and winters and humid monsoon days. Many large-scale and heavy industries can be found in this city. Units of Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (IPCL), Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (GSFC), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (or ONGC), Gujarat Alkalis and Chemicals Limited (GACL) and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) are to be found in and around the city. There are numerous educational institutions in Vadodara including the largest university in Gujarat - Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
In 1927 the Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd. was incorporated at Thrissur, Kerala by a group of ambitious visionaries. The Dhanlaxmi Bank has earned the trust and goodwill of clients with its rich heritage over the period of 90 years. It is due to the firm belief of the bank in the need to seek innovation, deliver the best service and demonstrate responsibility that it has grown from strength to strength in every area. Either it is about the number of customers, the scale of the banks business, the breadth of product offerings, the banking experience offered by the bank or the trust that people has developed on it. The bank has more than 653 touch points across India at the service of its customers. The focus of the bank has always been on customizing its services as per the customers and personalizing relations with them. The Bank has adopted Centralised Banking Solution at all its branches to extend the banking services to its clientele anywhere/anytime through multiple delivery channels. A data center has been set up in Bangalore by the bank, to keep the system of network operational 24/7. The Bank has also operated a disaster recovery center at Thrissur for meeting various contingencies. On 10 August 2010, the bank has changed its name from Dhanalakshmi Bank to Dhanlaxmi Bank. In March 2010, the bank introduced Dhanlaxmi Bank Platinum and Gold Credit cards.