There are two important stories behind celebration of the Dusshera festival in India. One story is associated with Lord Ram and another is associated with Goddess Durga. This festival signifies the victory of good over evil. This royal festival is the culmination of the Navratri festivities which begins on the first night of the month of Asho or Asvin. Dusshera is celebrated on the tenth day. In fact it is believed that the war between Ram and Ravan went on during these ten days and Ravan was killed by the hands of Ram on the tenth day. According to the great Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Ram killed Ravan on the tenth day that is Dusshera. It is called as triumph of virtue over sin or immorality. Ravan is said to have abducted Ram's wife, Sita and was also known as a dictating ruler. The end of Ravan meant end of bad and evil spirit as he was a demon by birth.
Dusshera at SSDS Nairobi, holds a very special significance and has been celebrated in a big way since its inception. An interesting recollection is when late Mr. Bhogal (formerly a chef in the kitchen Ronald Ngala St.), late Mr. Baldev Raj Bij and Mr. Om Prakash Bij (former SSDS chairman) were responsible for creating the effigies of Ravan during the Dusshera festivities in the seventies and eighties. The mandir celebrates by way of a fair (mela), entertainment includes children activities, rides and lucky dip, dances and performances and scrumptious food. The peak of the celebration is when a contingent of followers dressed up as Ram, Laxman, Sita, Hanuman and his army enter the grounds of SSD to celebrate Lord Ram's arrival. Thereafter, the effigy of Ravan is burnt and all rejoice. This is followed by mesmerising firework display. A very popular item for all are the hot jalebis that the SSDS offer. Each year, at least
4000 to 5000 people attend this fair!