Charu or cāru (चारु) is a word derived from Sanskrit that refers to something beautiful, graceful and pure in a spiritual sense.
The word also means one who is radiant and graceful and is often used in the Ramayana for praising Lord Rama. It refers to the kind of beauty that is out of this materialistic world and often refers to celestial bodies such as the full moon. In a popular Hindi poem, charu is used to describe the beauty of the moon-Charu chandra ki chanchal kirne khel rahi thi jal-thal mein.
As a name
Charu is a popular name given to Hindu males and females - mostly females and means divinely good looking. Notable people with the name Charu include:
- Charu Nivedita: Postmodern, transgressive novelist
- Charu Majumdar: The founder of Naxalbari Andolan in India
- Charulata: Eponymous protagonist of Satyajit Ray's movie
- Charu space: a Tibetan style coffee shop and event center in Chengdu
In Sanskrit Charu is the name of a flower.
Charu is a sweet porridge-like foodstuff offered as ahuti (offering) in Yajnas. Charu in Telugu means "soup"
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