It is known that Durdhara was a wife of the Mauryan Emperor, Chandragupta Maurya. And she was the daughter of last Nanda king Dhana Nanda. Due to lack of textual material, Historians have different views. Here, I noted what has written about her in Jain literature.
As per the Jain book Parishishtaparvan by Hemchandra, Queen Durdhara was the daughter of Dhana Nanda, the last king of Nanda dynasty of Magadh Empire. She was the first wife of Chandragupta Maurya, who was the founder of the Maurya Empire of ancient India.
The Jain literature mentions that Durdhara fell in love with Chandragupta Maurya when he saved her from a prince, who was having perverted intention. They got married and Dudhara gave birth to a child whose name was Bindusara, who was the successor of Chandragupta Maurya. Durdhara loved Chandragupta very much, even though he was the biggest enemy of her father and was due to the collapse of her family.
Chandragupta Maurya and Durdhara love story is a part of Indian folklore and is one of the most ardent romances in history.
According to Jain literature, Acharya Chanakya, who was the teacher of Chandragupta Maurya, used to mix a little bit of poison in Chandragupta's food so that he becomes immune of any poison attack from enemies. Chandragupta Maurya was unaware of this fact. One day, when Durdhara was nine months pregnant, Chandragupta shared his food with Durdhara. Due to poisonous food, she becomes unconscious. When Chanakya saw her, he immediately ripped her stomach and took out the child, who was only seven days away from birth. Till that time poison had already reached the head of the baby forming a blue spot (Bindu) on his forehead. So he was given the name as Bindusara. Chanakya could save the son but the queen Durdhara died on the spot.
Note: There is not real face of the Durdhara in above images. All images taken from the TV shows.
Nothing much is mentioned about the queen Durdhara in our literature. I have collected the information about her which was available from the books and internet and tried to give you something more information about Durdhara. If you know more about her, please share with us in a comment, so that it may be helpful to others.