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Temple of Hephaestus, a Doric Greek temple in Athens with the original entrance facing east, 449 BC (western face depicted).
Koneswaram Temple a 6th Century BCE Tamil Saivate temple in Tirukonamalai, Sri Lanka
Akshardham Temple, a Hindu temple in New Delhi, India.

A temple (from the Latin word templum{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities such as prayer and sacrifice. A templum constituted a sacred precinct as defined by a priest, or augur.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> It has the same root as the word "template," a plan in preparation of the building that was marked out on the ground by the augur. Templa also became associated with the dwelling places of a god or gods. Despite the specific set of meanings associated with the religion of the ancient Rome, the word has now become quite widely used to describe a house of worship for any number of religions and is even used for time periods prior to the Romans.

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