(‘inexhaustible bowl’)

After losing the game of dice, when Yudhiṣṭhira (the eldest of the Pāṇḍava 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 Sūrya (the sun God) and obtained the akṣayapātra, a bowl which could supply any quantity of food until Draupadī ate from it (vide Mahābhārata, Vanaparva, ch. 1).