Teli (Hindu traditions) in India

Unreached of the Day  10/31/2018

Teli (Hindu traditions) in India

"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) Much of this oil-pressing caste has developed into small village grocers and merchants, demonstrating upward socio-economic mobility.

Ministry Obstacles

The perception of Christiandom as an invading influence that breaks up families and promotes many social problems is a serious obstacle to Teli families and communities humbly accepting God's blessing for families through Jesus.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for discovery Bible studies to spread rapidly in blessing whole Teli families and communities.

Pray for the followers of Christ

There are a few followers of Christ among the Teli. Pray that these will be fruitful and effective in sharing God's Word and blessing to strengthen their own families and spread God's blessing to other Teli households.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Teli families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessing.

Scripture Focus

"The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory." Isaiah 66:18



People Name Teli (Hindu traditions)
Country India
10/40 Window Yes
Population 18,562,000
World Population 19,074,000
Language Hindi
Primary Religion Hinduism
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image