Do You Know The Reason Behind Using 108 As Emergency Number For Ambulance?

The first thing a common man will do after siting an accident is “CALL 108”. To rescue the countless people dying from treatable injuries and illness simply because they had no way to get to a hospital in time, the government came up with 108 (emergency telephone number) plan.

108 is a free telephone number for emergency services in India. It is currently operational in 20 states. Do you know the reason behind using 108 as an emergency number for the ambulance ? 108 number has a great importance in every aspect. Here are some of them.


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Reason Behind 108 Number for Ambulance:

108 emergency vehicles which are maintained by GVK group has a small piece on the reason for using 108. There are some scientific and traditional reasons adding value to this number.

#1. As Per Hindu Tradition:japa-mala-beads

108 beads of a rosary for 108 incantations is a Nama Japa of a Personal God. Hindu mantras are traditionally repeated 108 times, using mala beads to count the repetition.

#2. As Per Science:


Compared to Earth, the Sun is enormous! It contains 99.86% of all of the mass of the entire Solar System. The Sun is 864,400 miles (1,391,000 kilometers) across. This is about 108 times the diameter of Earth. The diameter of the Sun multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Sun and Earth, and the diameter of the Moon multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Earth and Moon. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.

#3. From Life To Death:

It is said that the human soul goes through 108 stages on a journey. 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.

#4. As Per Law:

Everything in life is uncertain after birth, death is an exception and is certain to happen in one’s life. Section 108 of Indian Evidence Act, 1872 lays down a general rule as to presumption of the existence of a person. This is regard to the ONLY death of the person.

#5. Logic Reason:

108 is a technologically acceptable number enabling the processing of calls to occur faster. 108 functions effectively as a user-friendly number because during a crisis situation the eye automatically searches the first digit on the number pad which is 1 and then moves downward to find 0. This is the exact order in which 108 is being placed.

Here are some of the reasons which explain the importance of  108 number:

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”)

Sanskrit Alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, Shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.

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

Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.

What might be the reason the number has it’s own importance in each and every aspect of life. What do you say ?

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