The city of Dewas is located on the Malwa plateau in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It functions as the administrative center of the Dewas District. Dewas is an industrial city. It houses a government bank note press which happens to be the largest of its kind in Asia. The word Dewas is assumed to be a combination of the words Dev which means deity and Vas which means abode; so Dewas refers to the house of the God. The city lies at the foot of a conical hill, known as Chamunda hill, which has the shrine of the Goddess Vashini on its peak. The city was known for being a production center of retail opium during the 19th century. The city has many industrial units of companies like Tata, Kirloskar, Arvind Mills, Gajra Gears, Sun Pharma Industries Limited, etc. employing thousands of workers. The city is known for its soya bean processing industry in the country. Places of tourist interest in and around Dewas are Mata Tekri, Kaila Devi temple, Meetha Talab, Chamunda Hills, etc.
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.