London: A number of Hindu temples in Britain have banned the new GBP5 note after it emerged that it contained animal fat.
The National Council of Hindu Temples said the new currency "ceases to be a simple medium of exchange but becomes a medium for communicating pain and suffering and we would not want to come into contact with it".
The Independent on Sunday quoted Satish Sharma, a spokesperson for the Council, as telling BBC that he knew of at least three temples which were not accepting the £5 note.
"I think temples have a responsibility to maintain a certain standard of Dharmic (religious) principles. Any temple which wanted to go along and ban the £5 note wouldn't be acting in any matter which was inconsistent," he said.
The Bhaktivedanta Manor, a Hare Krishna temple at Hertfordshire, posted a photo on Facebook which said: "We no longer accept the new 5 pound notes as they contain animal fat."
Last week, it was revealed that the note contains tallow, which comes from beef or mutton fat. Hindus consider cow a holy animal.
The Shree Sanatan Temple at Leicester also launched a campaign to have the note replaced, the Independent reported.
"We are very disappointed to learn that the new £5 note contains traces of animal fat," the temple's website said.
A petition to remove tallow from the bank notes has received more than 120,000 signatures.