Teli, Hindu in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



"A community which derives its name from the Sanskrit word talika or taila, used for the oil extracted from sesame and mustard, thus alluding to their traditional occupation... Mythological origin of the Teli is traced to Lord Shiva who created them to destroy five demons. However, their legend also says that the first Teli was created by Shiva to rub him with oil." (Singh, K. S., India's Communities, p. 3462)

Ministry Obstacles

The Teli may have little concept of a loving creator God who has made provision for the forgiveness of sin and for an abundant life.

Outreach Ideas

Several teams of workers will be needed for this large community that speaks many languages. Pray for workers.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few followers of Christ among the Teli community, pray they will hunger to learn of Christ, and follow him wholeheartedly.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Teli community will be able to properly provide for their families, and will have good schools available for their children. Pray for their material well-being as well as for their spiritual needs.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-29
People Name General Teli, Hindu
People Name in Country Teli, Hindu
Population in India 17,363,000
World Population 17,831,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badbaik, Balu, Devi-Telikula, Gachhi, Gandla, Ganiga, Ganigaru, Ganita, Goundla, Gunigan, Gunija, Hansari, Harsolia, Kalu, Kanala, Malik, Modh Ganchi, Murmi, Rathor, Sahu, Sahu Samaj, Somakshatriya, Taili, Tailik, Telikula, Telipal, Telwain, Tilwan, Vaniyan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Teli, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (7,679,000) Bengali (1,645,000) Chhattisgarhi (1,548,000) Bhojpuri (1,319,000)
Oriya (1,080,000) Marathi (984,000) Telugu (587,000) Kannada (340,000)
Magahi (307,000) Maithili (302,000) Awadhi (288,000) Tamil (208,000)
Kanauji (192,000) Gujarati (183,000) Haryanvi (135,000) Assamese (129,000)
Dhundari (72,000) Mewari (69,000) Marwari (65,000) Sadri (58,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 7,679,000 Bengali 1,645,000
Chhattisgarhi 1,548,000 Bhojpuri 1,319,000
Oriya 1,080,000 Marathi 984,000
Telugu 587,000 Kannada 340,000
Magahi 307,000 Maithili 302,000
Awadhi 288,000 Tamil 208,000
Kanauji 192,000 Gujarati 183,000
Haryanvi 135,000 Assamese 129,000
Dhundari 72,000 Mewari 69,000
Marwari 65,000 Sadri 58,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-29

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.93 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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