I can't get this to come to a whole number. Here is my attempt.

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**knramesh** Once draupadi had an akshay patra(vessel)

She thought for sweets. It came.

Call the number of spoons of sweets "n"

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she took a spoon and gave 5 spoons of sweets to bhima.

Okay, so now we have n- 5 spoons left.

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remaining sweets in the vessel doubled.

Shazam! It magically changes to 2(n- 5)= 2n- 10!

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She gave 4 spoons to arjuna.

(2n- 10)- 4= 2n- 14

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remaining sweets in the vessel doubled.

2(2n- 14)= 4n- 28

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She gave 3 spoons to dharma

(4n- 28)- 3= 4n- 31

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remaining sweets in the vessel doubled.

2(4n- 31)= 8n- 62

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She gave 2 spoons to nakula

(8n- 62)- 2= 8n- 64

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remaining sweets in the vessel doubled.

2(8n- 64)= 16n- 128

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She gave 1 spoon to sakadeva

(16n- 128)- 1= 16n- 129

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remaining sweets in the vessel doubled.

2(16n- 129) = 32n- 254

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It was exactly equal to spoonful of sweets.

So 32n- 254= 1? If so then 32n= 255 but 255 is not a multiple of 32. At best, n= 7.96875. If it had been "2 spoonfuls of sweets", n would be 8.

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Question is how many sweets were present initially?

Each spoon contains how many sweets?

please give the answer with the medthodology.

Thanks

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