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CHARVAKA [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]

1. A Rakshasa, and friend of Duryodhana, who disguised himself as a Brahman and reproached Yudhishthira for his crimes, when he entered Hastinapura in triumph after the great battle. The Brahmans discovered the imposture and reduced Charvaka to ashes with the fire of their eyes.

2. A sceptical philosopher who advocated materialistic doctrines. He probably lived before the composition of the Ramayana, and is perhaps identical with the Charvaka of the Mahabharata. His followers are called by his name.

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