## The Best Explanations for Why a Mala Necklace Has 108 Beads

So why 108 repetitions? This is a question with hundreds of answers. The number 108 has limitless meanings across various philosophical, scientific and religious beliefs. Some of the most interesting are:

**Sanskrit alphabet**: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, Shiva and Shakti. So, 54 times 2 is 108.**Heart Chakra**: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.

**Sun and Earth**: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

**Moon and Earth**: The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

**Planets and Houses**: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

**Powers of 1, 2, and 3 in math**: 1 to 1st power=1; 2 to 2nd power=4 (2x2); 3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3). 1x4x27=108

**Harshad number**: 108 is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits (Harshad is from Sanskrit, and means "great joy")

**River Ganga**: The sacred River Ganga spans a longitude of 12 degrees (79 to 91) and a latitude of 9 degrees (22 to 31). 12 times 9 equals 108.

**1, 0, and 8**: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.

**Pranayama**: If one is able to be so calm in meditation as to have only 108 breaths in a day, enlightenment will come.

Now that you know your basic

*Mala 101*(er,

*Mala 108*?), hopefully, you can find the time with your necklace to practice it’s formal use and have a deeper respect and understanding into why they’re worn. The mala necklace is so much more than a new-age fashion statement.