Our final verse on the idealised female body is a hetūtprekṣā (a fanciful attempt to explain why something is as it is) about why the belly button – which should be as deep as a well – has its characteristic round shape. This is taken from a description of the princess Candralekhā.
स्तनौ तुङ्गौ समारूढे चापन्यस्तभरे स्मरे ।
कोदण्डाटनिमुद्रेव जाता नाभी नतभ्रुवः ॥
After scaling the peaks
of the of the curving-browed girl’s breasts,
Kāma rested a moment upon his heavy bow,
as it were
with the impress
of his bow’s rounded point.
8.29 Bilhaṇa’s Vikramāṅkadevacarita