Here's a short talk from Gurudeva about the differences between Saivism in the north of India as compared to the Saivism practiced in the South.
Cyberspace devotee from Klang, Malaysia, Wondering the difference
between Saivism in North of India and in the South of India.
South of India was not as affected by Islamic invasions and occupation
as was the North, therefore the Saivism in the South is more mature in
invoking the Gods and Goddesses of the inner world to come and bless the
people through their temples. Its emphasis is on Siddhanta whereas in
the North of India the emphasis is on Vedanta, more philosophical and