Malegaon is a small city in the Nashik District of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was previously known as Mulligaum and it lies at the convergence of the Mausam and Girna rivers. The city is known for its famous fort. The Malegaon fort, which took 25 years to build, attracted a lot of Muslim workers and artisans from all over the country, who settled in the area. Later, many people from the Muslim community migrated to this city during various revolts and uprisings in the country. The city has roughly 6 lakh residents, among which 79% follow Islam as their religion. The city is a major hub for cloth weaving. The city has over 3 lakh power looms and t attracts workers from all the neighboring regions. PVC pipe manufacturing industry has also gained importance in Malegaon in the recent years. The citys education system supports native language Marathi as well as Urdu and English through many institutions. There are a few schools in the area, alongside junior colleges and senior colleges that are affiliated to the Pune University. The students seeking higher education generally travel to nearby cities. Malegaon is known for its notorious spoof film industry called Mollywood, which makes parodies and spoofs of classic Hollywood and Bollywood films. Its an extremely low budget film industry where most of the actors are the residents exhibiting their talents and their imaginative minds.
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.