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Charu is a sweet porridge-like foodstuff offered as ahuti (offering) in Yajnas.

The word also means one who is soft and graceful and is often used in the Ramayana for praising Lord Ram. The word Charu is also used in a popular poem to describe the beauty of the moon-Charu chandra ki chanchal kirne. Charu is a popular name given to Hindu females and means good looking.

In Sanskrit Charu is the name of a flower.

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