Yadava kings and ministers wrote letters, etc. in Marathi. Muran Jurav karawijale was the first inscription on a seal found in Maharashtra. The seal was discovered near Ujire in the Kolhapur district. Another seal of the Yadavas is found engraved in the famous stone inscription of Brahma Gita with the inscription ‘Jitaru varabharave nausikaakari chatuvylehave.’ A series of copper plates, one of which contains a Brahma Gita inscribed in Marathi is also found on the Zadgaon plateau in the Yavatmal district. Among the other celebrated copper plate inscriptions is found at Paithan. In the 15th century, Marathi continued to be the official language of the Yadava Kings and the ministers in charge of the administration. Stone inscriptions record the names of ministers, Yadava kings, nobles and military commanders, making it a veritable storehouse for information on the history of western Maharashtra. Records were also kept in charants and astrological sciences like Siddhantatva. These records were called vikaasatva and yajanatatva respectively. Chaitanya Charitamrita, written by the famous Bengali poet Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was composed in Marathi. Another book of the same name was written by a Marathi author named Pandit Divakar Vinchurkar. Both books have been based on the original Telugu book composed by Chaitanya. Both the original Telugu and Marathi translations are helpful in determining the exact words used in the ancient Marathi literature and can be used to date the composition based on the manner in which the Telugu was translated into Marathi, especially in the chapters on the life of Krishna. The section on description of Krishna’s lovemaking with Radha and Krishna’s youthful years (past) are also found to be closer to the original Telugu.
In both of these versions, the Telugu rendition retains the original style of composition. The Telugu book was written in 1402, while the Marathi version was written in 1439. Both the books were dedicated to the Maharaja of Berar at the time. d2c66b5586