The 12th Gohil Rajput ruler of Rajpipla Maharana Prithuraj ji, who ruled from 1583 to 1593, gave refuge to the last Sultan of Gujarat Muzaffar Shah, thus incurring the wrath of Emperor Akbar. The Imperial troops led by Mirza Khan Khas took Gujarat in 1584. Akbar then levied a tribute of Rs.35,556 on Rajpipla, along with a contingent of 1,000 men to be furnished to the Mughal army. The district of Nandod (the area comprising the plains of the principality of Rajpipla) was granted by Akbar to Haider Kuli Khan.
With the Mughal empire at its zenith, the writ of the next thirteen rulers of Rajpipla was confined to the forests of the western Satpuras, seat of power being at the Fort at Junaraj (Old Rajpipla).
Maharana Verisalji I, the 26th Gohil Rajput ruler of Rajpipla ascended the gadi in 1705. With the Mughal Empire weakening, Maharana Verisalji I asserted his independence the same year and laid waste south Gujarat. A force sent by Emperor Aurangzeb was defeated in alliance with Maratha Damaji Jadhav at Ratanpur. The tribute and troops furnished by Rajpipla to the Mughals since the invasion of Akbar became irregular and were soon discontinued completely. Maharana Verisalji I died in 1715.