Mehsana is a municipality situated in the Mehsana district in the Indian state of Gujarat. The name of this city is also spelled Mahesana. Mehsana was founded by the Rajput heir of the Chavda dynasty by the name of Mehsaji Chavda. He had constructed the Torana or the arc gate of the city and had also built a temple dedicated to Goddess Toran in 1414. The city was a part of the Bombay state after the Indian independence. It got annexed into the state of Gujarat in 1960. The city houses around 2 lakh residents who speak in Gujarati, Marathi and Hindi. The city is famous for its local breed of Mehsani buffaloes. The Doodhsagar Dairy in Mehsana is the largest dairy in Asia. The city also houses one of the largest assets for the onshore production of oil and natural gas by ONGC. The agriculture, as well as the road-equipment based industries, are also doing quite well in Mehsana. The Ganpat University and the Gujarat Technological University are the reputed educational institutions in this city. The city has a spectacular stepwell at Boter Kotha ni Vav, built during the rule of Emperor Aurangzeb. Badiyashi Vav in Biladi Baug is another stepwell worth visiting. There are several Jain and Hindu temples in and around Mehsana that call for a visit.
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.