New Delhi: Preparations are going on in full swing for the much-awaited Bhumi Pujan (ground-breaking ceremony) of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. However, in the wake of the novel coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than 36,000 people across the country,  the number of guests invited for the event of the Ram Temple has been kept low. Also Read - Two Days Ahead of Independence Day, Narendra Modi Becomes 4th Longest-serving PM of India

Reports have claimed that only 200 guests will be invited to the event. Except Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, no states/UT heads have been invited to the ceremony, scheduled to be held on August 5, Wednesday. Besides, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also take part in the event. Reports have claimed that he will reach Ayodhya on August 5 at 11 AM and will remain in the temple city till 1:10 PM. Also Read - Ram Janmabhoomi Trust Head Tests COVID Positive, PM Modi Shared Stage With Him on August 5

Speaking to Zee Media, sources have said that Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust, key members of Ram Mandir High Powered Committee, and top administrative machinery would play important role in making the final guest list. Some of the invitations will be extended via phone call or a letter. Also Read - PM Modi Launches Transparent Taxation Platform, Faceless Taxation From Today, Says Modi | LIVE Updates

Earlier in the day, it was reported that BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will receive their invitation via phone calls. Earlier, their names were reportedly missing from the guest list.

List of bigwigs likely to attend the ground-breaking ceremony on Aug 5

Narendra Modi

Yogi Adityanath

Uma Bharti

Vinay Katiyar

Sadhvi Ritambhara

Kalyan Singh

Jai Bhan Singh Powaiya

Rajnath Singh (Likely)

Amit Shah (Likely)

LK Advani (Via Video Conference)

MM Joshi (Via Video Conference)

Mohan Bhagwat (RSS Chief)

Krishna Gopal

Indresh Kumar

Yoga Guru Ramdev

From Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)

Alok Kumar, VHP Working President

Sadashiv Kokje, International President

Dinesh Chandra, Chief Patron

Prakash Sharma, Former Bajrang Dal president

Milind Parande, General Secretary

15 members of ‘Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust’

Mahendra Nritya Gopal Das

Swami Govind Dev Giri

Champat rai

Nripendra Mishra

K Parasaran

Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati

Swami Vishwa Prasanna Tirtha Ji Maharaj

Yug Purush Parmanand Giri

Vimalendra Mohan Pratap Mishra

Anil Mishra

Kameshwar Chaupal

Mahant Dinendra Das ji

Gyanesh Kumar from Ministry of Home Affairs

Avneesh Awasthi from UP Government

Anuj Jha, District Magistrate, Ayodhya

The August 5 ceremony will mark the beginning of the temple’s construction. A decades-long title suit over the site at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh was settled by the Supreme Court in November last year by a 5-judge Constitution bench headed by the then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The apex court had cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.