Kolhapur is a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It serves as the administrative headquarters of Kolhapur District. Kolhapur has a vast historical and cultural background and is often recognized by its historical name of Karvir. Its history is marked by the rule of several dynasties who left their marks at various places in the city is marked in terms of palaces and other landmarks. The economy of the city is fuelled by manufacturing industries like textiles, leather and handicraft. Tourism and agriculture are the other two source of income for people in this city. The city is famous for its nation-wide popular Kolhapuri chappal, which is a hand-crafted buffalo leather slipper, locally tanned using vegetable dyes. Other handicrafts include manual block printing on textiles, silver goods, oxidized silver artwork, jewelry crafting, pottery, wood carving, lacquerware, brass sheet work and embroidery. The Marathi Film Industry is based out of Kolhapur and considerably contributes to the citys economic growth. The tourism industry draws devotees and tourists alike to this city. The city serves as a religious and tourist destination for Indians due to places like Mahalaxmi Temple, Jyotiba Temple, Siddhagiri Museum, Panhala Fort, Rankala Lake, 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.