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The Significance of the Figure 108

Posted on: November 16, 2008

The Significance of the Figure 108


One complete Mala consists of 108 repetitions. Various reasons are given with regard to the significance of this number. Some of the main reasons are:

It has been established that man takes 10 800 breaths during a period of twelve hours. Therefore, in a period of 24 hours, one takes 21 600 breaths. One half of this time may be allowed for sleeping, eating or other essential activities. The remainder of the time should be spent in the thought of God. The merit of taking God’s name is multiplied 100 times when done on a Mala. Therefore, 108 Mantras done on a Mala is equivalent to the taking of God’s name 10,800 times.

There are 27 Nakshatras or Heavenly Bodies that regulate our destinies. Each Nakshatra enters 4 phases or Charans in the course of an astrological day or Tithi. Therefore all the Nakshatras pass through 108 Charans (27 x 4 = 108) during any Tithi.

The Shastras (scriptures) say that the Brahman (God) is symbolically represented by the figure 9. The three figures in the number 108 add up to nine (1 + 0 + 8 = 9). The figure 9 itself when multiplied by any other figure and the digits of the answer when added up will provide the answer as exactly 9.


9 x 28 = 252 (2 + 5+ 2 = 9)

9 x 1855 = 16 695 (1 + 6+ 6 + 9 + 5 = 27) (2 + 7 = 9)

9 x 1368 = 12 312 (1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 2 =9)

4.The different stages of creation are all linked to the figure 9
as will be seen by adding up each of the following figures:

A Kaliyuga consists of 432 000 human years

A Dwaparyuga consists of 864 000 human years

A Tretayuga consists of 1 296 000 human years

A Satayuga consists of 1 728 000 human years

A Mahayuga consists of 4 320 000 human years

A celestial year in Brahma’s life consists of 3 110 400 000 000 human years

Brahma’s lifespan consists of 311 040 000 000 000 human years.

The digits of each of the above figures when added up or the digits of those answers when added up will produce the figure 9. The figure nine has therefore been taken by Hindus to represent Brahman or Infinity.

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