Is Akshaya Patra mentioned in the Mahabharata? If so, what is the story?

Paramahansa Yogananda, is his book Autobiography of A Yogi , narrates a similar incident

...“As soon as each man had expressed his preferences, the FAKIR addressed himself to the inexhaustible Hazrat. A great rattle ensued; gold platters filled with intricately−prepared curries, hot LUCHIS, and many out−of−season fruits, landed from nowhere at our feet. All the food was delicious. After feasting for an hour, we started to leave the room. A tremendous noise, as though dishes were being piled up, caused us to turn around. Lo! there was no sign of the glittering plates or the remnants of the meal.”...

Also, is it related to Akshaya Tritiya? If so, what is the connection?

This question discusses various possible reasons behind the festival of Askhaya Tritiya without any mention to the Akshaya Patra.

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    According to Skanda Purana, the 3rd day of bright half of Vaishaka (named as Akshaya) is liked by Vishnu. So, it is called Akshaya Trutiya and i think it has no connection with Akshaya Patra.
    – The Destroyer
    May 31, 2016 at 12:31
  • HI Here is the Exact Story of Akshya Patra. Click This Link and Enjoy : youtube.com/watch?v=OgVUWX36Lf0 Nov 1, 2017 at 9:20

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Here is the story mentioned in Mahabharata

And Vivaswan said, 'Thou shall obtain all that thou desirest. I shall provide thee with food for five and seven years together. And, O king, accept this copper-vessel which I give unto thee. And, O thou of excellent vows, as long as Panchali will hold this vessel, without partaking of its contents fruits and roots and meat and vegetables cooked in thy kitchen, these four kinds of food shall from this day be inexhaustible. And, on the fourteenth year from this, thou shall regain thy kingdom.'

I didn't find any reference for the relationship between Akshaya Patra and Akshaya Tritiya but here in the Wikipedia it is mentioned.

In Mahabharata, Yudhishthira receives the Akshaya patra, which he uses to serve food for all the needy in his kingdom.

  • Who is Vivaswan? Ya, I am aware of the wiki reference, thats where this question is inspired from :) May 28, 2016 at 13:58
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    Vivaswan is Sun May 28, 2016 at 14:06
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    They used the Akshaya Patra during the exile. He uses it to serve food for his family and the sages who visited him. Nov 3, 2017 at 3:47

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