Number 108 has a great significance in the spiritual and devotional practices. One round of 108 is considered as a cycle.


That is why, even while chanting, we have 108 beads as one round.

Wherever you go, 108 is given significance and followed as a basic minimum.

There are many reasons for this number being considered auspicious.

Let us see them:

(1) DIVISIBLE BY ITS OWN DIGITS:  108 is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits (1+0+8=9 that divides 108)

(2) 108 ENERGY LINES (HEART CHAKRA):  The heart chakra is made by 108 energy lines that intersect each other forming heart chakra.   SUSHUMNA is one among them that leads to the CROWN CHAKRA, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.

(3) There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, that makes a total of 108.


(4) There are 108 Upanishads. It is said that when we chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra on each bead we are getting the benefit of reading one Upanishad.

(5) In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 x 9 = 108.

(6) There were 108 principle gopis or maid servants of Krishna.

(7) The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.

(8) The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

(9) The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

Thus, 108 has gained a lot of significance with the creations and God. When the creations have a base number, it is natural that the spiritual practices will also embrace that number. Thus, 108 became very important in spirituality.

Hope you found this interesting.

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Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.


  1. KRISHNAM VANDE JAGATH GURUM!!! Bhagavad Gita-Akshara Para Brahma Yoga Chapter: 17th Sloka:
    Sahasra Yuga paryanta maharya brahmano viduh!Ratrim Yuga sahasrantam te ahoratra vido janah! (Paramatma)
    Meaning : The learned knows about day and night that one thousand years is the duration of Paramatma’s day and one thousand years is the duration of Paramatma’s night.
    Description: The Kala, Karma and Guna chakras are attached to the axis. The Guna chakra exists below as three parts. On the Guna chakra Karma chakra exists as twelve parts. The Kala chakra exists on the karma chakra as 12 parts. Another Chakra exists above these three chakras by calling Brahma chakra. It takes two thousand Yugas time for revolving one round. It takes one thousand Yugas time to revolve half round. In this chakra, half part is the day, and half part is the night.
    Four Yugas (ages) have names like the seven days in the week have names. Those are 1) Krita Yuga. 2) Treta Yuga. 3) Dwapara Yuga. 4) Kali Yuga. These four Yugas change like weeksare changed and it starts from the Krita Yuga, and completes with the Kali Yuga. If these four Yugas are completed 250 times, it is the day of Paramatma. In the same manner, 250 times are completed it is the night. One, who knows the day and night of Paramatma, can see our day and night according to the time. The period of Kali Yuga is 4, 32,000 years. The period of Dwapara Yuga is 8, 64, 000 years. The period of Treta Yuga is 12, 96, 000 years. The period of Krita Yuga is 17, 28,000 years. The four Yugas period is 43, 20,000 years. If these four Yugas are completed 250 times, it is 108 crores years. So the day time of Brahma is 108 crores years. It means the longevity of this world is 108 crore years.
    Even the Akasa (ether), the earth, the empire and the existence of religion exist only up to 108 crores years. In this world the play, in which you are playing, will be shut down for 108 crore years. The tale of Jeevatma’s birth and death will be completed for 108 crore years. This is the time of longevity, which is sent along with Jeevas. Elders revealed that it is dharma of longevity of us. Those who do not know about number 108 , must think about it without forgetting in the worship. So elders advised us in the recitation of name and in the recitation of mantra that it should be done for 108 times. Even in giving the donation of money it should be done in the numeral of 108. Besides, we have a close invaluable relation to the number 108.
    In our body, we have bad dispositions like Desire, Anger, Longing desire (passion), Avarice, Pride and Envy. There are good dispositions, which are against above said bad dispositions. As the love is against the Envy, the six good dispositions have opposite six bad dispositions. As these are in the body, Karma has authority over the dispositions and the planets have authority over the karma. So Gunas vibrate in accordance with Karma and Karma is in accordance with the nine planets. The effect of nine planets is in Gunas through karma. The nine planets including Sunhad divided each Guna into nine parts.
    The disposition Desire is in nine stages. Remaining Gunas also are in nine stages. So we have the disposition anger as high and low stage. Likewise, we have big desire or low desire. The remaining dispositions exist like that. This matter appears directly. Likewise, in our body each bad disposition among the six, is divided into nine and each good disposition among the six also is divided into nine. If we count the divided parts of one kind of six dispositions, they are 6 X 9= 54. The divided parts of another kind of six dispositions are 6 X 9= 54. Likewise the numbers of total Gunas in one part of Guna chakra are 108.
    God made Gunas, which are made to drive the life of man, exist as 108, according to the 108 crore years that is longevity of world. In the mathematics the big numeral is crore. God kept 108 oddly thoughts in our body for remembering the numeral 108 crores. That oddly thoughts have come from the Gunitam (multiplication), so those are called Guna for appearingas it was born from Gunitam that is the nearest word. In this way the considerations in the body are called Gunas. Elders thought in many ways and named it as Guna and specially kept Gunas as 108. In the rosary the beads are 108 for remembering 108 crore years and we have to spend the life with 108 Gunas. The method, which was said by elders has faded somewhat.

    The dharma of longevity, which was sent along with Jeeva, has been changed to Adharma. In the rosary, though the numberof beads still exists as 108,its meaning is not understood. Either in giving donations or paying the religious vows or giving money in the marriages, the numeral 116 had come instead of 108. The chief dharma of longevity among dharmas of God is nearing to change to unrighteous. In the same manner 108 crore years have been connected with Jeevas. Let us see the meaning by naming the day, which is the existence period of world for 108 crore years and the night, which is the non-existence period of world of 108 crore years.

  2. KRISHNAM VANDE JAGATH GURUM. There are 12 Dispositions(Gunas) invisibly present (visible only for ‘Wisdom eye’ as said in Bhagavad Gita-15:10) in every living being’s Brain-6 Bad and 6 Good, i.e., 1.Kaama, 2.Krodha, 3.Lobha, 4.Moha, 5.Madha, 6.Maathsarya, and 1.Daana, 2.Daya, 3.Oudhaarya, 4.Vairaagya, 5.Vinaya, 6.Prema, which on action in thoughts and deeds earn Paapa(Sin) & Punya ‘Karma-phal’ respectively to every living being. Each Disposition (among the above 12) is subdivided into “9” parts (small to big in ascending order, No.9 is Paramatma number) in the three divisions of ‘Triguna parts – 1.Taamasa, 2.Raajasa, 3.Satthvika parts inside the Brain. When our ‘Mind’ is towards material/wordly things, among these Dispositions,i.e., “12*9 = 108” in total (in each ‘Triguna’ Division makes 3*108=324), appropriate ‘dispostion/ Guna’ activates according to the respective Material object/thing and makes the ‘Intellect’ to think and also makes the physical ‘organs’ to do deeds/acts, all as per the ‘Praarabdha Karma’. As these “108 Maaya dispositions” are earning ‘Karma-phal'(‘Sin & Punya’ leading to the bondage of ‘Jeevatma’ inside ‘Birth-Death’ Cycle), so to always “remember” this and be v.careful to overcome the “Guna-Karma-Janma”, our ancient Wise Elders have designed “Japa maala with 108 beads” while chanting. JAI SRI KRISHNA!!!

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