Draupadi was the daughter of Panchal king Drupad. She was born from the oblation altar. She was extremely beautiful, with her body smelling like a fresh bloomed lotus. At the time of her birth, a celestial voice had proclaimed: " This unparalleled beauty has taken birth to uproot the Kauravas and established the rule of religion." Because of Shiva's boon in the previous birth, Draupadi got 5 husbands. In a way, Draupadi was the cause of the battle of Mahabharat. An adage says that Yudhishtir had invited the Kauravas to Indraprastha. During the inspection tour of the palace, at one place, Duryodhana got confused and could not differentiate between water and the marble floor and fell in the water. At that scene, the adage says, Draupadi derided at Duryodhana, saying: " Son of a blind would be blind himself". The authentic version of Mahabharat does not support this, though it does mention the hearty laugh. Nevertheless, because of this event and envious of the Pandavas luxuries, Duryodhana decided to humble them and hence proposed them to play a game of dice.
When the great Paandavas left for Aranyavaasam, many Viprottamas followed them. Requesting them to go back, Dharmaraaja said "I have lost my Raajyam in Jyuudam. In the forests you will have to live on fruits. The difficulties of living in the forests are great. So please go back". Then the Braahmanas replied "Mahaaraaja! Please dont worry about our poshana. We want your kshemam only. We will tell you many good stories and entertain you".
Yudhishthira agreed, but was worried that being a Gruhastha, he was not able to even do poshana of his aashritas. Thinking like this, he approached his Purohita (Puratah hitam kadifficulties, so how to do Atithi seva?". Dhaumya then told Dharmaraaja how to do Suurya-upaasana. He said "O Dharmanandana! Shrimannaarayana, in the form of Suurya-bhagavaan, does poshana of this shrushti. You everyday do Suryopaasana, by doing Paaraayana of Surya-ashtottara-shata-naamaavali. I am sure then Surya-bhagavaan will help you".roti — one who does hitam, before anybody else), Dhaumya, and said "Mahaatma! Atithi seva, satkaaram is sajjana's prathama-kartavyam. We are ourselves in difficulties, so how to do Atithi seva?". Dhaumya then told Dharmaraaja how to do Suurya-upaasana. He said "O Dharmanandana! Shrimannaarayana, in the form of Suurya-bhagavaan, does poshana of this shrushti. You everyday do Suryopaasana, by doing Paaraayana of Surya-ashtottara-shata-naamaavali. I am sure then Surya-bhagavaan will help you".
With Kathora-niyamams, Dharmaraaja did Suryopaasana. Suurya-bhagavaan became prasanna and appeared before Yudhishthira. Yudhishthira had great aanandam, did stotram and said "O Bhaaskara! You are the netram of this jagat and the aatma of all the living creatures. This jagat is having prakaasham because of You only. Without any Svaartham, You are doing poshana of this prapancham. I am krutagnya to have Your divya-darshanam".
Suurya-bhagavaan said "Dharmaraaja! I am pleased with your aaraadhana. I will make sure you all will never have kshut-baadha all these 12 years". Saying this, He gave him the Akshaya-paatra. Due to Daiva-prabhaavam, akshaya aahaaram comes from the divya-paatra. Using the Akshaya-paatra, Draupadii devi used to serve the Atithi-abhyaagatas first, then following Pativrataa-dharmam used to serve Paandavas and then eat aahaaram provided by the Akshaya-paatra. The divya-paatra everyday used to provide whatever they wanted till Draupadii devi has her aahaaram.