Hospet, officially renamed as Hospete, is also known as Nagalapura. It is a heritage city in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city has flourished on the banks of the Thungabadra. Hospet was built by Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagar Dynasty in 1520 AD in the memory of his mother, Nagalambika. The people here are employed majorly in the cultivation of Ragi and other crops as agriculture is the main source of economy of this city. The administrative infrastructure of the city is done through its division into 23 wards that are serviced by elected representatives. Hospete has many educational institutions like Hampi University besides several other schools and colleges. Hospete is the gateway to Hampi, the famous UNESCO World Heritage site. Hospete is well-known as a tourist destination for its innumerable temples, forts and picturesque views which attract visitors from India and abroad. The Hampi Stone Chariot, Nandanavana Park, Virupaksha Temple, Shri Ramulu Park, Chakra Vana, Queens Bath, the Tungabhadra dam, etc. are places worth visiting in Hospet.
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.