24 Manai Telugu Chettiars community is a social group that are classed as Vasiyas and found largely in the Southern Indian states of Tamilnadu (i.e. Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Dindugul, Erode, Kambam, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Salem, Theni, Thirupur, and north Dharmapuri and krishnagiri district), Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. They are considered traditional traders. Modern day 24 Manai Telugu Chettiar community is predominantly the trader community diversified into Business, Industry, and petty trade. Several members of the community are very wealthy businessmen, but most are small traders. The total (24 Manai Telugu chetty) population around one crore plus in south India.
The 24 Manai Telugu Chettiar community is called so because it consists of 24 Manais or houses (similar to a gotra). There are various sub castes, sub-sects or clans among the 24 Manai Telugu Chettiars and they are identified with different names:
This community is also known by different names like 24 Manai Telugu Chettiar, 24 Manai Telugu Chetty, 24 Manai Telugu Shetty, 24 Mane Telugu Chettiar, 24 Mane Telugu Chetty, 24 Mane Telugu Shetty, Gonichetty, Goniga, Gonigamane, Janapachetty, Janapan, Janapar, Janapasetty, Janapashetty, Sadhu Chetty, Sadhu Chetty, Sadhu Setty, Sadhu Shetty, Sadu Setty, Salapar, Salaparu, Sanapar, Sanaparu, Telugu Chettiar, Telugu Chetty, Telugu Setty, Telugu Shetty, Telungu Chettiar, Telungu Chetty and Telungupatti Chetty.