Davanagere is an emerging city in the Indian state of Karnataka. This city has been selected by PM Narendra Modi to be developed into a smart city under the ambitious flagship Smart Cities Mission. It is a cotton hub and has often been referred to as the Manchester of Karnataka. Currently, the city is commercially venturing into the fields of education and agro-processing industries. Located in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau, the city is often called the "Heart of Karnataka" as it is literally located in the center of the state. This city houses Asias 2nd largest irrigation tank known as "Shanti Sagar," which serves as a major water source for farmers in the region. There are roughly half a million residents in Devanagere who mostly speak in Kannada. The city is well connected to the rest of the state as well as the country through a decent network of roads and railway.
In 1926, seven businessmen of Karur founded Lakshmi Vilas Bank under the leadership of Shri V.S.N. Ramalinga Chettiar. They aimed to serve the financial needs of people who were occupied in trading businesses, industry and agriculture, in and around Karur. The bank was established on November 3, 1926, under the Indian Companies Act, 1913, and on November 10, 1926, it obtained the certificate to commence business. After the Banking Regulations Act was introduced in1949, the bank received its banking license from RBI and became a scheduled commercial bank? revealing its capability to operate as a full-fledged commercial bank. Lakshmi Vilas Bank did considerable expansion of its branch network from 1961 to 1965, when the bank took over nine other banks. The bank started the development of its branch network beyond Tamil Nadu in 1974 to take benefit from the additional opportunities across India. Thus, offices were established in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, critical financial centres like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as in other prominent business centers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.