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Renkang House Introduction

It is said that Dalai VII was born here. On that very day of his birth, the rainbow arched across the sky, a number of birds contended in singing, Galsang flowers burst into bloom, the columns in the corral were stained with milk and the cornerstones under the columns naturally showed propitious Tibetan words such as “嘎(Ga)” and the patterns of Esoteric Buddhism instruments such as vajry pestle. Dalai VII came into this world with a unique appearance: a tattoo like a lotus on the right arm and a tattoo like a Dharma-cakra on the left hand. He began to debate Buddhist Scriptures at the age of 7; In 1716, he was taken to Taer Monastery in Qinghai with the decree issued by the Emperor Kang Xi; in 1710, he came to Tibet, formally canonized as Dalai VII and enthroned in the Potala Palace; in 1728, he was dispatched to Huiyuan Monastery in Kham Region (Bamei Town in Daofu County) by the Qing Government, and came back to Lhasa again in 1735.

Renkang House 

This house was constructed in the middle of the 16th Century, and is one of the two oldest houses in Litang, with the other one called Mangkang House (No. 139, Chema Village). The house was formerly called Axijia, and renamed as “Renkang (means “bedroom” in Tibetan Language) House” for the birth of Dalai VII. The walls of the house are constructed with the mixture of earth and gravels, about 2 meters thick. Through 500 years’ wind and rain, the walls have been pitted with bumps and hollows like the naturally-occurring cliffs, totally different from the walls of today’s houses in Litang. Like ordinary houses, Renkang House is a two-story building. On the first floor where Dalai VII was born, there is a corral, with believers’ hadas tied on the ropes as well as visible milk stains on the columns and mysterious manifestations on the cornerstones. It is said that such manifestations once disappeared, but reappeared when Panchen Lama came here for consecration in 1986. On the second floor, Dalai VII’s self-statue (with naturally occurring Tibetan word “Ga 嘎” on the forehead) is displayed in the scripture hall, and the original bedroom has been changed to exhibition hall, displaying many precious cultural relics such as the Buddhist scriptures in golden and small drum once used by Dalai VII, and the blue-glaze double-dragon porcelain bottles presented by the Emperor Qianlong, etc.

Renkang House

There is a saying in Litang that, if one pilgrim prostrading to Lhasa but failed to visit the Renkang House, then the pilgrimage is not complete.

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