Mahadevbhai Desai was very close to Gandhiji as his Secretary. He had merged himself with Gandhiji and his activities. He lived with family near Bapu Kuti in a hut called 'Mahadev Kuti'. It is situated on the northern side of Bapu Kuti. Mahadevbhai had good command on English and Gujarati languages. He had a pious character. He died on 15th August,1942 while in prison with Gandhiji at the Agakhan Palace in Pune. His absence was deeply felt by Gandhiji.