Jodhpur, the second metropolitan in the state of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the "Sun City" for its bright weather. It is situated in the North-western edge of the country near the Thar Desert. It is a very popular tourist destination in India with myriad palaces, forts and temples. Jodhpur city is the administrative headquarters of Jodhpur District. According to Hindu epic Mahabharata, the city was the heart of the kingdom of Marwar. The Ahirs were the original inhabitants of Jodhpur. Later the Rajputs settled in this region after the intermittent dominance of the Marathas and the British. The current administration of the city takes place under its 65 wards under the Jodhpur Nagar Nigam which is headed by a mayor. Tourism is the main source of the economy as it fuels the handicraft industry as well as local businesses. Bajra (pearl millet), Rabi, wheat, pulses and a variety of spices like jeera, dhania and red chilies are the major crops grown in Jodhpur. The city is a major hub of many educational institutions like Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IITJ), AIIMS Jodhpur, NIFT Jodhpur, National Law University Jodhpur, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur. The places which attract tourist are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, clock towers among others.
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.