Relli in India

Joshua Project has identified the Relli only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



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.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Relli
People Name in Country Relli
Population in India 164,000
World Population 164,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chachati, Orsachandi, Relli Chachadi, Sachandi, Sachchari, Sachdev, Sapiri, Sapris, Sapru
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Relli
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 17962
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (146,000) Odisha (14,000) Telangana (3,200) Delhi (200)
Jharkhand (100) West Bengal (100) Tamil Nadu (100) Pondicherry (100)
Karnataka (80) Gujarat (40) Assam (30)
Total States on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (146,000) Odisha (14,000)
Telangana (3,200) Delhi (200)
Jharkhand (100) West Bengal (100)
Tamil Nadu (100) Pondicherry (100)
Karnataka (80) Gujarat (40)
Assam (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oriya (137,000) Telugu (23,000) Hindi (500) Pengo (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 137,000 Telugu 23,000
Hindi 500 Pengo 400
For Primary Language: Oriya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Oriya Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.70 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.30 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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