The Pandavas lived for fourteen years in the forest. They had been driven out of
the country by the Kauravas.
The Pandavas, Mother Kunti and Draupadi had
all eaten their meal, and washed the vessels too, when one day Rishi Durvasa and a number
of his pupils came to the ashrama. The Pandavas received them with all honour. The rishi
said, "We are all very hungry.Please keep some food ready for us. We shall return
soon after we have hada bath in the river and said ourprayers."
Rishi Durvasa was known and feared for his
anger. He would curse people at the slightest displeasure.
The Pandavas were in a fix. They had no
food left. The Akshaya Paatra had just been emptied. If they did not feed the rishi and
his pupils, he would curse them all.