She said traditional rites cannot be "linked with insult" of women, further stating that "the outrage over the woman entering the Shani temple is a non-issue."
Her comments come as a woman tried to be a part of the temple's puja.
4 Dec 2015
Opposition critiques Munde's stand on the issue
Dr Narendra Dabholkar's daughter, Mukta who is a member of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) said Pankaja Munde's statement was regressive and did not reflect her thinking.
She also said "as a BJP minister, she is under some political compulsions."
Chitra Wagh, from Nationalist Congress Party, also said, "instead of appreciating a move to break traditions against women, Munde has taken us back".
Munde's statement contradict her past actions
Mukta Dabholkar said that Munde who stood in defence of 'traditions' had offered fire to her father's pyre defying the Hindu tradition where a son lights his father's pyre and hence her current stand was contradictory.
11 Jan 2016
Shani temple trust gets first woman President
Anita Shete became the first woman to be appointed as the President of the Shani Shingnapur Temple in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.
In a first, another woman formed a part of the 11-member trustee board of the temple.
However, this gesture is more symbolic as Shete won't aim to demolish the existing gender barriers to allow women to perform Shani-pooja in the central compound.
26 Jan 2016
Women to barge into Shani temple; security heightened
Around 400 women from Pune said they would barge in and offer prayers at Shani Shingnapur temple to break the unequal tradition.
The temple administration has revved up security personnel through the village to stop activists of the Bhumata brigade, who are spearheading the movement, from accessing the inner sanctum.
The women said they would descend from helicopter if need be.
27 Jan 2016
Fadnavis hails women's right to pray
Maharashtra CM Fadnavis finally broke his silence, speaking in favor of women being allowed to offer prayers at Shani temple.
He said that women have the right to pray, and said that authorities of Shani Shingnapur temple and activists should hold a discussion to arrive at an amicable solution over the row.
Bombay HC tells government to prevent discrimination of women
The Bombay HC asked the Maharashtra government to ensure that the law to prevent discrimination against women was upheld in the Shani temple row saying "it is the fundamental right of a woman" to enter a place of worship.
The government assured that it was against gender discrimination.
The HC was told that the Maharashtra Hindu Place of Worship Act would be upheld.
2 Apr 2016
Despite HC's orders, women stopped from entering Shani temple
The villagers from the Shani Shinganpur area in Maharashtra stopped many women who tried to enter the inner compound of the Shani-temple.
Trupti Desai who led the women said she would file an FIR against the CM of Maharashtra.
She said that the government had failed to comply with Bombay HC's order that called the entry of women to temples their fundamental right.
8 Apr 2016
Shani temple trust allows women to enter inner sanctum
Shani Shingnapur temple trust allowed for women to enter the inner sanctum to offer prayers.
After Bombay HC's order that stated that if men could pray in the temple then women should be allowed too, the temple trust had forbidden the entry of men too.
After men forcefully entered and offered prayers on the occasion of Gudi Padwa, the trust allowed women's entry too.