Sri Lanka, Isle de Ceylan, Ceylon Frankfurt, 1719 Copper engraving, hand colored in wash and outline. Decorative birds eye view on the island of Sri Lanka with the neighboring southern tip of India, ornated in the foreground with two sailing ships. With several place names, rivers and mountains.
Unaware, Chandragupta once fed some of his food to his queen, Durdhara, who was seven days away from delivery. The queen, not immune to the poison, collapsed and died within a few minutes. In order to save the heir to the throne, Chanakya cut the queen's belly open and extracted the foetus just as she died. The baby was named Bindusara, because he was touched by a drop (bindu) of blood having poison.