By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Aksayapatra, AksayapAtra, Aksayapaatra
Aksayapātra literally means ‘inexhaustible bowl’.
After losing the game of dice, when Yudhiṣthira (the eldest of the Pāndava princes) was living in exile in the forest Kāmyaka, he found it impossible to feed the ever increasing number of guests. Then he prayed to Surya (the sun God) and obtained the aksayapātra, a bowl which could supply any quantity of food until Draupadī ate from it.
- Mahābhārata, Vanaparva, ch. 1
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore