Karaikudi is situated in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. It is a greater municipality and the states 20th largest urban agglomeration. It is part of the Chettinad area and has been declared a heritage town by the State Government of Tamil Nadu. Karaikudi is known for its palatial houses that are built with limestone called Karai Veedu. Karaikudi has derived its name from the thorny plant called Karai. It has been referred to in the ancient literature as Kareekudi. The name gradually got modified and modernized into Karaikudi. It was established in the 19th century. The oldest known structure in the area is the Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple. The town of Karaikudi is home to the Nagarathars and the Chettiars who form the business community, the financiers and the trade facilitators. Karaikudi is a rapidly developing urban center. UNESCO has proposed to set up a Chettinad Heritage Museum in the area, recognizing the unique architectural style of the region. Karaikudi is known for its palm leaf baskets woven by the women, known as Chettinad Kottan. Chettinadu Kandangi sarees of Karaikudi are widely popular in the region. The handicraft industry in Karaikudi is indeed a thriving business. Karaikudi is also known for its delectable cuisine. There are many prominent temples in the area that attract tourists. Kundrakudi Shanmuganathan Temple, Ariyakudi Thiruvengamudayan Temple, Pillayarpatti Karpagavinayagar temple, Thirumayam Permual Temple, Kannadasan Mandapam, Kamban Manimandapam, Chettinad Raja Palace and Thousand windows house are the visitor attractions in Karaikudi
The J&K Bank is a State-owned banking and financial services company based in Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir. It was incorporated on October 1, 1938. On 1 October 1938, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank was founded by Maharaja Hari Singh (the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir). The bank had achieved the status of a scheduled bank In the year 1971. It had to face severe problems during the time independence when two branches of Muzaffarabad fell to the other side of the LOC (now Pakistan administered Kashmir) along with cash and other assets. It has been designated as the RBIs agent for all the banking related businesses, making it the first bank of its kind. Any savings account opened with the bank will attract an interest-earning which is paid to the customer after every six months. The rate of interest is 4% per annum.The bank provides services through internet banking to its customers. Some of the facilities are: Tax payment, Inquiry of account balance, Account statement generation, Fund transfer facility. Mr. Parvez Ahmed is the chairman and CEO of Jammu & Kashmir Bank.