The city of Arrah, situated in the Indian state of Bihar, is also a municipal corporation and the district headquarter of the Bhojpur district. The city has derived its name from the famous temple of Goddess Aaranya. Arrah lies near the confluence of the Ganges and Sone rivers. The name of the city is often transliterated as Ara. The economy of the city relies on farming and cultivation. The rich and fertile soil facilitates the cultivation of rice and wheat. Apart from these chief crops, other crops such as sugarcane, guava, mango, tomato and potato considerably contribute to the citys agrarian economy. Apart from the agro-based industries, the city also has an LPG Bottling Plant and it provides much space and scope for the development of other industries. The service sector in Arrah is also quite thriving and provides employment opportunity to many residents in construction work, automobile services as well as in the hospitality and commercial sectors. The city is a hub of appeal for Jainism as it has several old temples and hermitages. Other popular places of tourist attraction include the Sun Temple at Dev, Aranya Devi Temple, Veer Kunwar Singh Kila, Shahi Masjid, Karbala the Mosque, Chaturvuj Narayan Mandir, Mahamaya Mandir, Bhavani Mandir, Parswanath Mandir, Mahathin Mai Mandir, etc.
The Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. or SVC Cooperative Bank Limited, is a banking company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 a scheduled bank, and one of the oldest Urban Co-operative Bank in India built in 1906. The bank was set up when co-operation was just started in the country. It was established with the primary aim of helping the less fortunate members of the community under the ambit of its economic enterprises. It was also to encourage savings and to create funds for providing financial aid to deserving members.Mr. Rao Bahadur Shripad Subbarao Talmaki was the chief architect of the Bank. The Bank was initially registered as a Co-operative Credit Society on 27 December 1906. The Bank is present in 10 States of India. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In 1907, cumulative deposit scheme, fixed deposit scheme and saving bank deposit were introduced by the bank. After that in 1911, the facilities for remittance were made available to the members by the draft. In 1913, the cash credit scheme was introduced by the bank. In 1956, facilities were thrown open to all communities. In 1988, the Shamrao Vithal bank was conferred the scheduled bank status.