Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to attend the Ayudhya Ram Temple ceremony and lay the foundation stone of a 40 kg silver brick on August 5. Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Bihar — Uddhav Thackeray and Nitish Kumar — have also been invited along with a host of VIPs by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra.

The trust has been mandated by the Supreme Court to build the temple.

Trust president Nritya Gopal Das said a silver brick will be placed for the “bhoomi pujan” of the holy place. According to the news agency PTI, three-day-long Vedic rituals will start at the shrine on August 3.

As the country fights coronavirus pandemic, only 50 people will attend the ceremony. The devotees from Ayodhya will be able to watch the event through the giant CCTV screens.

The invitees’ list will include BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi, senior leaders like Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Sadhvi Ritambhara and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aadityanath. Senior leaders from the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, will also attend the temple ceremony.

In November 2019, the Supreme Court said in a landmark verdict that the Ram temple will be built on the disputed site in Ayodhya, while Muslims will be given a five-acre “suitable” plot for a mosque elsewhere.