Why Is The Number 108 Considered To Be Scared And Significant In Hinduism?

  • on November 8, 2016

“Our Indian Culture truly believes in the importance of using the number 108 as holy”.

It has also been a sacred number in Hinduism for a very long time now. But why is the number considered to be so important? To prove its significance level; the number has been explained in different ways altogether.

Firstly, the set of mantra that Hindu people use have total 108 beads in it.

To get into its importance deeply; here are some main points that will clear your doubts.

  • According to the astrological figure; there are total 27 constellations in our galaxy and each one of them has total 4 directions. i.e. 27 x 4= 108
  • Lord Krishna had total 108 Gopis
  • There are said to 108 earthly desires in human being
  • We many not count it; but there are said to be total 108 lies that a human tell
  • In Sanskrit alphabet there are total 54 letters. Each has feminine and masculine terms i.e. Shakti and Shiva. So 54 x 2= 108
  • There are also 108 Goddesses names
  • There are total 108 feelings- 36 past, 36 present and 36 future i.e. 36 x 3= 108
  • There are 108 dance forms in Indian tradition
  • Every human soul goes through 108 stages on the journey
  • In order to meditate; there are 108 meditation types one can use.
  • In astrology; the metal silver that weigh 108 is said to be used to represent the moon.
  • There are total 108 human delusions
  • There are total 108 paths to God
  • The Indian Vedas treat sun as God and sun is said to be total 12 zodiac signs. Plus in Yajurveda, the sun is related with Lord Brahma (it has number 9) so now 12 x 9= 108 which is sacred.
  • If you are able to be calm in meditation, as to have only 108 breaths then enlightenment will come in your way.


The significance of number 108 is also there in other religions.

  • CHINIESE: According to the Chinese astrology, there are total 108 stars. Also the Chinese Buddhists use a mala that consists of 108 beads.
  • JAINISM: There are total 108 virtues
  • BUDDHISM: Buddhists people carve 108 number on small Buddha’s on a walnut for good luck.
  • SIKHISM: The Sikhs tradition has a mala of 108 knots tied in a string of wool.


This was the brief explanation behind the significance of number 108.

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