Nanded is the 8th largest city in the state and the second largest in the Marathwada subdivision of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a major destination Sikh pilgrims as the city was the permanent abode of the 10th Sikh Guru - Guru Gobind Singh, who passed away in the city in 1708. Nanded is closer to Hyderabad than to the Maharashtra state capital Mumbai. The city of Nanded is divided into two distinct parts by the Godavari - the old Nanded on its north bank and the new city in the south. Nanded is known for the agricultural trade of cotton, mangos, soya beans, bananas, sugarcane, sweet limes, and sorghum that are cultivated in and around the city. The city has an agricultural school and a cotton research center dedicated to assist the cotton production industry. The tourism industry also fuels the citys economy. 10 million visitors and religious pilgrims boost the tourism industry of the city.
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.