Six months back when the then NSW leader of the opposition Chris Minns was attending a Hindu religious ceremony he didn’t know wearing a handmade bracelet gifted by a Hindu guru will change his fortunes.
Now, the 47th Premier of NSW, Chris Minns can be seen wearing the same handmade bracelet at the ceremony to take an oath of office.
Ahead of the last week’s NSW election, Mr Minns told the media: “I’ve got a strain of superstition that runs through the Minns line, and I haven’t been game to take it off.”
The red and yellow ceremonial bracelet was given to the Labor leader by a guru associated with the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in Sydney.
BAPS has organised Pramukh Swami Maharaj Centenary Celebration at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj visited Sydney in 1984 during his first spiritual tour to Australia.
Minns, who attended the event as NSW Leader of the Opposition, admitted that because the Hindu religious leader didn’t speak English well, so he was unable to explain the meaning behind this ceremonial bracelet.
“I probably told him I was running for office so … (it) probably (means) ‘best of luck mate’.”
Labor has seen a landslide victory in the NSW state election with the former firefighter becoming the state’s 47th Premier.
As part of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centenary celebrations, more than 3,000 devotees took part in the festivity at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Among the other distinguished guests who attended the event were Ms. Julia Finn, Shadow Minister for Sport and Youth; Hon. Daniel Mookhey, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy; Lord Mayor Donna Davis, Parramatta City Council; Councillor Sameer Pandey, Deputy Mayor, Parramatta City Council; Councillor Barbara Ward, Deputy Mayor, Ku-ring-gai Council; and Councillor Reena Jethi, Hills Shire Council.