Kongu Vellala Gounders are one of the earliest inhabitants of South India living in the North Western part of Tamil Nadu with agriculture as their occupation.Among the many other meanings the word "Kongu" has, the most acceptable ones are "honey" and "dense forest".There are two divisions in Gounder community - the Vettuvar and Vellalar.
Even the Cholas could'nt fully bring Kongu under their control.
They are today village administrative employees, and cultivators but they were in the past independent rulers, feudatories, chieftains and specialized soldiers.
The Mudiraj caste people are spread over to other neighboring states such as Maharastra, and Orissa also.
The Mutharaiyar chieftains fought with Pandyas and their supporters on behalf Pallavas.
The Mutharaiyars were arch the rivals of Cholas in their struggle for supremacy in the South.