Number 108 is very important in Hinduism. There is a lot in our religion that makes 108 quite significant in Hinduism. Let’s see how:
Why garlands used for chanting has 108 beads?
Whenever we chant any god’s name in Hinduism, it is done 108 times and this is for a reason. A day has 24 hours from which humans spend 12 in their day to day activities and the remaining 12 hours are expected to be devoted in the worship of God. In these 24 hours, an average human breathes 21,600 times. And in the duration which he devotes in the worship of god, he breathes 10, 800 times. Now to worship god for whole 12 hours, a human needs to chant his name equal to the number of times he breathes, which is 10,800 times. That. However, is not practically possible. So we remove the last two zeros from the number and chant god’s name 108 times.
Other reasons for the significance of 108 in Hinduism.
>Lord Krishna had 108 gopis in Vrindavan.
>According to Ayurveda, human body has 108 main points from where the energy in our body in channelized.
>In Hinduism, there are 108 Puranas and Upanishads which are considered as ocean of knowledge.
>There are 108 theatrical skills mentioned in Natyashastra.
>India has 108 Divya Desham, which make a cluster of pilgrimages together.
>Sanskrit language has 54 letters, the meaning of which are different in masculine and feminine. So double the number, it makes 108.
>While the churning of the ocean, according to Hindu mythology, there were 54 gods and 54 demons present, which makes 108.
Translated from Hindi