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.
Under the Companies Act of 1913, South Indian Bank was registered as a Private Limited Company and started operations on 29th January 1929 at Round South, Thrissur. South Indian Bank Limited is based at Thrissur in Kerala, India. It has 852 branches, four service branches,56 extension counters, and 20 Regional Offices spread across the states and union territories of India. Under Financial Inclusion till date, the bank has covered more than 100 villages and 15 urban centers and opened more than ten exclusive FLC Centres in the bank premises, which spreads across the states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Chhattisgarh. SIB has appointed direct Business Correspondents in the allocated rural areas under the supervision of a team of officers in the FIP Cell - Head Office. Recently "KIOSK Banking Model" is introduced by the bank as Financial Inclusion Initiative in collaboration with Akshaya e-centres in Kerala state through the software service provider - M/s Tata Consultancy services. The kiosk is a kind of banking model for people who are living in areas where banking facilities are not available so that they can avail necessary banking facilities from a nearby service center or Business Correspondent Office without visiting a regular bank branch. Basic banking needs of the public like the opening of an account, deposit and withdrawal of cash, etc. can be availed from these common service center/BC Office.