The thriving city of Rajahmundry lies on the banks of the Godavari in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Popularly known as ?The Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh,? the city serves as the administrative headquarters of the East Godavari district. Rajahmundry is a city of antiquity. It is one of the most important cities in the history of the state. Its roots can be traced back to 1100 AD. The city is reputed for shaping up the Telugu language as well as for its dynamic role in the Indian independence movement. Rajahmundry is the sixth largest in the state. Its modern civic administration is conducted through the organized division of the city into 93 wards. The cloth and bullion businesses mainly fuel the economy of the city. Rajahmundry acts as a business hub for east and west Godavari districts. The rich and fertile basin of the Godavari also contributes to agriculture. Paddy is the major crop cultivated. The city hosts a few notable educational institutions such as Adikavi Nannaya University, Telugu University, Godavari Institute of Engineering and Technology, GSKM Law College, G.M.R. Polytechnic College etc. The historic city is a hub for Telugu culture with plenty of tourist attractions such as the Godavari Rail Bridge, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, ISKCON, the Markandeya Temple, Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, the Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum, 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.