While on a trip to Bergen, Norway on a summer vacation with my wife, we took around in the lake
in the city center - Byparken Smalungeren. I was suddenly mesmerized by the doors to one of the museums there. I don't know what caught my attention and kept it lingering. While i just started to walk away, something in my mind told me to go back and observe what i was seeing and that demanded a re-look from my mind. It was a door to one of the museums in here. I tried to think what is it that is so peculiar about this door that my mind is wanting to match another image from my past? Then my eyes slowly scanned the door and were steady on the top portion of the door. A pattern match was found in my mind!
|The top portion of the door to the museum|
If you observe the top of the door above, it bears a striking resemblance to the small piece of "Lord Venkateswara" or "Lord Balaji"s vigraham (idol) with only the Lord's face, which is commonly seen in Tirupati - the abode of Lord Balaji or in various places. The image of the same is as attached below. If you look at the crown of Lord Balaji, that can be literally matched with the center of the roof of the door above.
|Lord Balaji of Tirupati, India (Pics courtesy: TTD Website)|
Though the shapes and the relative size of the conch shell (to the right of the crown of Lord Balaji in pic above) and chakra (to the left of the crown of Lord Balaji in the pic above) DO NOT bear any direct resemblance to the left and right portions of the door above, still the rounded shapes to the extreme corners of the door's top (very near to the small mushroom like structures) make you believe that it would be a closer match in the first look.
In real world some questions still remain unanswered:
1) Do these two structures really have any resemblance or i am trying to force fit a pattern here?
2) If there is a resemblance, was there any inspiration taken from Indian culture (Lord Balaji's mini version of idol as shown above) by the architect who designed the door and its top in Bergen ?
3) If there is a resemblance, is there a possibility that its a very common human habit of drawing symmetry which makes us balance the two sides of a central structure and coincidentally this principle forming the basis of a pattern common between these two images?
Maybe we may never have the right answers to these questions ever, but nevertheless pattern matching is a deep thinking exercise that you can get addicted to and never be aware of it!