The city of Arrah, situated in the Indian state of Bihar, is also a municipal corporation and the district headquarter of the Bhojpur district. The city has derived its name from the famous temple of Goddess Aaranya. Arrah lies near the confluence of the Ganges and Sone rivers. The name of the city is often transliterated as Ara. The economy of the city relies on farming and cultivation. The rich and fertile soil facilitates the cultivation of rice and wheat. Apart from these chief crops, other crops such as sugarcane, guava, mango, tomato and potato considerably contribute to the citys agrarian economy. Apart from the agro-based industries, the city also has an LPG Bottling Plant and it provides much space and scope for the development of other industries. The service sector in Arrah is also quite thriving and provides employment opportunity to many residents in construction work, automobile services as well as in the hospitality and commercial sectors. The city is a hub of appeal for Jainism as it has several old temples and hermitages. Other popular places of tourist attraction include the Sun Temple at Dev, Aranya Devi Temple, Veer Kunwar Singh Kila, Shahi Masjid, Karbala the Mosque, Chaturvuj Narayan Mandir, Mahamaya Mandir, Bhavani Mandir, Parswanath Mandir, Mahathin Mai Mandir, etc.
In 1943, Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal Ji, the first Chairman of OBC, founded it in Lahore. Within four years of its existence, the Oriental Bank of Commerce had to face Partition between India and Pakistan. The bank had to shut its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and move its registered office to Amritsar. The period of 1970-76 had been the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank. The OBC merged with Global Trust Bank (GTB) on 14 August 2004. The acquisition brought 103 branches with it, which increased OBCs branch number total to 1092. The bank presents a wide range of banking products and financial services such as deposit accounts, credit cards with a tie-up with SBI, Insurance products, ATMs, loans, debit cards, Internet banking, Self-banking halls, call center, mobile banking, etc. The Bank has introduced another peoples participation in the planning process at grass root level fundamentally to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aimed to alleviate poverty while identifying the reasons responsible for the failure or success. The OBC has already introduced a GRAMEEN PROJECT in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan.