Nanded is the 8th largest city in the state and the second largest in the Marathwada subdivision of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a major destination Sikh pilgrims as the city was the permanent abode of the 10th Sikh Guru - Guru Gobind Singh, who passed away in the city in 1708. Nanded is closer to Hyderabad than to the Maharashtra state capital Mumbai. The city of Nanded is divided into two distinct parts by the Godavari - the old Nanded on its north bank and the new city in the south. Nanded is known for the agricultural trade of cotton, mangos, soya beans, bananas, sugarcane, sweet limes, and sorghum that are cultivated in and around the city. The city has an agricultural school and a cotton research center dedicated to assist the cotton production industry. The tourism industry also fuels the citys economy. 10 million visitors and religious pilgrims boost the tourism industry of the city.
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.