Kolhapur is a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It serves as the administrative headquarters of Kolhapur District. Kolhapur has a vast historical and cultural background and is often recognized by its historical name of Karvir. Its history is marked by the rule of several dynasties who left their marks at various places in the city is marked in terms of palaces and other landmarks. The economy of the city is fuelled by manufacturing industries like textiles, leather and handicraft. Tourism and agriculture are the other two source of income for people in this city. The city is famous for its nation-wide popular Kolhapuri chappal, which is a hand-crafted buffalo leather slipper, locally tanned using vegetable dyes. Other handicrafts include manual block printing on textiles, silver goods, oxidized silver artwork, jewelry crafting, pottery, wood carving, lacquerware, brass sheet work and embroidery. The Marathi Film Industry is based out of Kolhapur and considerably contributes to the citys economic growth. The tourism industry draws devotees and tourists alike to this city. The city serves as a religious and tourist destination for Indians due to places like Mahalaxmi Temple, Jyotiba Temple, Siddhagiri Museum, Panhala Fort, Rankala Lake, 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.