Charu is a Sanskrit word that means 'sweet'.
Charu is a popular name given to Hindu women. Notable people with the name Charu include:
In Sanskrit, charu is the name of a flower.
Charu is a sweet porridge-like foodstuff offered as ahuti (offering) in the Yajnas.
Charu Hasini, or 'sweet smiler', is an epithet of the goddess Rukmini.
In Telugu, the dish rasam is known as charu. In Kannada, it is known as saru or sar.