3-60-15 BOOK NO 3, (BOOK OF FOREST : ARAN`YA KAAND`A), CHAPTER 60, VERSE 15.
Kakubhah! kakubha uurum
taam vyaktam jaanaati Maithiliim
Lataa pallava pushpa aad`hyo
bhaati hi esha vanaspatihi. 3-60-15
CONTEXT: Sita Rama Lakshmanas were in the forest. Sita was abducted by the demon king Ravan`a. Rama was wailing over parting with her. He personifies different plants and trees he sees in the forest and inquires from them whether they had seen Sita. When he approaches Kakubha tree, he says
GIST: "This Kakubha tree is laden with creepers and flowers and is shining. This tree has its smooth trunk resembling the thighs of Sita. Hence it must be knowing the whereabouts of Sita.
This writer's observation: Here Valmiki is describing Sita's thighs through Rama, in the presence of accompanying Lakshmana. Pl. compare this with my analysis in Review No. 18, where Valmiki directly described Sita's thigh to an elephant's head.