By Swami Harshananda
Caru literally means ‘that which is eaten by the gods’.
Caru is one of the several materials normally used in Vedic sacrifices for oblation. It is a kind of porridge prepared from un-pounded rice or barley grains by cooking it in water and mixing it with butter or milk. It is used for oblation and also consumed by four of the priests specified in the sacrificial works. It is sometimes substituted for puroḍāśa (a kind of rice-cake used for offering) in the subsidiary or modified rites called ‘vikṛtis’. The vessel used for keeping or serving it is also called caru and sometimes as carusthāli.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore