Mehsana is a municipality situated in the Mehsana district in the Indian state of Gujarat. The name of this city is also spelled Mahesana. Mehsana was founded by the Rajput heir of the Chavda dynasty by the name of Mehsaji Chavda. He had constructed the Torana or the arc gate of the city and had also built a temple dedicated to Goddess Toran in 1414. The city was a part of the Bombay state after the Indian independence. It got annexed into the state of Gujarat in 1960. The city houses around 2 lakh residents who speak in Gujarati, Marathi and Hindi. The city is famous for its local breed of Mehsani buffaloes. The Doodhsagar Dairy in Mehsana is the largest dairy in Asia. The city also houses one of the largest assets for the onshore production of oil and natural gas by ONGC. The agriculture, as well as the road-equipment based industries, are also doing quite well in Mehsana. The Ganpat University and the Gujarat Technological University are the reputed educational institutions in this city. The city has a spectacular stepwell at Boter Kotha ni Vav, built during the rule of Emperor Aurangzeb. Badiyashi Vav in Biladi Baug is another stepwell worth visiting. There are several Jain and Hindu temples in and around Mehsana that call for a visit.
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.