There is a very special place for the number 108 in the Indian culture. The significance of the number is open to interpretation due to its appearance in various fields of astronomy, yoga and mythology. It’s presence in Hindu mythology is backed with a strong scientific explanation.
Get this, in the span of 1 minute, we breath an approximate of 15 times. That makes 900 times in an hour and 21600 times in a day. With 24 hours in our day, putting aside half a day as time for our daily activities, a devotee can spend the other 12 hours to recite chants to the great gods. To chant prayers devotees use beads of rosary or ‘ jap malas’ with 108 beads, and one bead tying them all together, replicating the revolution of the planets around the sun.
So, considering that in 12 hours we breath 10800 times (900*12), a jap mala has 108 beads, so with a devotee chanting one mantra in each breathe, she or he can thus perform 100 japs.
Phew, that’s a lot of math.
In Astronomy, counting all the constellations across the galaxy, we sum up to 24. Each of these constellations has 4 directions. Therefore, it is believed that 24*7 which is 108, spans the entire universe.
In many yoga practices, various asanas are done in sets of 108. In terms of ancient yoga ,by doing 108 circles of any chant or asana, one can attain spiritual completion.
Are you going to change your lucky number to 108 now?