Kolhapur is a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It serves as the administrative headquarters of Kolhapur District. Kolhapur has a vast historical and cultural background and is often recognized by its historical name of Karvir. Its history is marked by the rule of several dynasties who left their marks at various places in the city is marked in terms of palaces and other landmarks. The economy of the city is fuelled by manufacturing industries like textiles, leather and handicraft. Tourism and agriculture are the other two source of income for people in this city. The city is famous for its nation-wide popular Kolhapuri chappal, which is a hand-crafted buffalo leather slipper, locally tanned using vegetable dyes. Other handicrafts include manual block printing on textiles, silver goods, oxidized silver artwork, jewelry crafting, pottery, wood carving, lacquerware, brass sheet work and embroidery. The Marathi Film Industry is based out of Kolhapur and considerably contributes to the citys economic growth. The tourism industry draws devotees and tourists alike to this city. The city serves as a religious and tourist destination for Indians due to places like Mahalaxmi Temple, Jyotiba Temple, Siddhagiri Museum, Panhala Fort, Rankala Lake, 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.