The city of Raichur is located between Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city houses around 2 lakh residents. Although Kannada is the main language of Raichur, Telugu and Urdu are also widely spoken. Raichur is known for its imposing Raichur Fort which was built in 1294. The fort contains stone inscriptions in Persian and Arabic that adds to its rich history. The had been a part of various empires including the Bahmanis, the Vijayanagara Empire and the Hyderabad empire. The city is also very rich from the epigraphical perspective. Hundreds of inscriptions have been found in the area, ranging from the Mauryan period till the Muslim period, belonging to almost every dynasty that ruled over the Decan. These inscriptions are in a variety of languages such as Kannada, Telugu, Arabic, Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Persian. There are gold mines surrounding the city of Raichur that vastly contribute to the economy of the city. The city is also a leading producer of cotton and oil.
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.