Yavatmal district, formerly known as Yeotmal, is a district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located in the region of Vidarbha, in the east-central part of the state. Yavatmal town is the administrative headquarters of this district. It is believed that Yavatmal, along with the rest of the erstwhile Berar province, was part of the legendary kingdom of Vidarbha mentioned in the Mahabharata. Berar also formed part of the Mauryan Empire during the reign of Ashoka . Berar later came under the rule of the Satavahana dynasty , the Vakataka dynasty the Chalukya dynasty , the Rashtrakuta dynasty , the Western Chalukya , and finally the Yadava dynasty of Devagiri . A period of Muslim rule began when Ala ud din Khilji, Sultan of Delhi, conquered the region in the early 14th century.