Relli in India

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People Name: Relli
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 146,000
World Population: 146,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.95 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The term "relli" means a kind of grass in the Telugu language, and the traditional occupation of the Relli community was to gather and sell grass. At present, the Relli sell fruits and seeds and also involved in other occupations, including street sweeping and scavenging. They are a Scheduled Caste in Andhra Pradesh. The community includes a few social subdivisions and each of these includes several clans. They historically have not sent girls to school, and boys often study only up to primary level due to economic reasons. The Relli are an oppressed, suppressed, and depressed people. They are Hindu, but several have become Christians.

Ministry Obstacles

Most of the Relli people live in Andhra Pradesh. Efforts have been made in this state to re-convert Dalits back to Hinduism from Christianity.

Outreach Ideas

Christians can minister to low caste groups such as the Relli in various humanitarian ways. These efforts can help earn the respect and trust necessary to receive the Gospel message.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Several hundred Relli have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Pray the Lord will send teachers who can instruct them accurately in the ways of the Lord.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray these low caste individuals will gain self respect as well as respect from those communities around them. Pray that parents will see the importance of providing a good education for their children, and that they will be able to afford this education.

Text Source:   Joshua Project