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Thuluva Vellala community people uses only Mudhaliar and Pillai titles.
|Classification||Backward class except the Arcot Mudaliar and Arcot Vellala sects.|
|Religions||Predominantly Shaivism, also Vaishnavism, Christianity|
|Region||Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka Cities : Chennai, Bangalore, Vellore|
|Related groups||Tulu People, Tamil people & Thondaimandala Vellala|
Thuluva Vellala (also known as Thuluva Vellalar, Tozhu Vellala), acronym of Thondaimandala Thuluva Vellalais a sub-caste of Vellalars who migrated from Tulu Nadu and settled in northern Tamil Nadu, southern Andhra Pradesh and southern Karnataka. They have many synonyms viz., Arcot Mudaliar, Arcot Vellala, Agamudi Mudaliar, Agamudi Udayar and Agamudi Reddy.
They are predominantly living in erstwhile North Arcot region (Current day Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Ranipet and Tirupattur districts). They had migrated to several cantonment towns in North India, Burma and Malaya in British times.[ citation needed ] Generally, Arcot Mudaliars consider themselves superior to Brahmins and they are generally anglophilic.
Thuluva Vellalars are the Velirs, who are said to have migrated into Tondaimandalam from Tulu Nadu (now, south Canara district of Karnataka) during the period of the medieval Cholas.
Thuluva Vellala, settled in Tondaimandalam are of 12,000 clans. The region they dwelled consisted of 24 divisions called as kottams. These kottams were subdivided into 64 naadus, which in turn comprised 999 villages.[ citation needed ] They were formerly significant landowners and use Mudaliar (Arcot Mudaliar) and Pillai titles
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