Chhapra or Chapra is located in the Saran district of the Indian state of Bihar. This city is located near the confluence of the Ghaghara and the Ganges River. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, a freedom fighter and the first president of India was from Chhapra. Chhapra gained attention and prominence as a river-based market during the 18th century when the French, Dutch, Portuguese and English established saltpeter refineries in the region. It became a municipality in 1864. The city has good rail and road connections with the rest of the country and it is very close to the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh. Ambika Bhavani in Chhapra is a well-known shakti peeth temple.
The Indian Bank was founded on 15th August,1907. Fourteen top banks were nationalized by the Indian Government on 19th July,1969, including Indian Bank. As a result of the nationalization, the branches of nationalized Indian banks in Malaysia were forbidden to continue operations as parent branches. At that time, Indian Bank had three offices. In 1973, the three branches merged to establish United Asian Bank Berhad and take over their Malaysian operations. After the nationalization, Indian Bank was left with only two foreign offices, one in Colombo and the other in Singapore. The International expansion resumed in 1978 with Indian Bank becoming a technical adviser to PT Bank Rama in Indonesia. Two years later, Indian Bank, BOB, and UBI established Indian Union Bank International Finance, in Hong Kong. The three banks had an equal share in the joint venture; the Indian Banks Chairman became the first Chairman of IUB International Finance. In May 1980, the Indian Bank also opened a foreign currency unit at its branch in Colombo. In 1981, the Indian Bank set up its first Regional Rural Bank, in Chittoor.