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I have myself observed it, all the things b/w north and south are very different, may it be the language, eating habits and in terms of religion both consider themselves as Hindu but have different ways of expressing prayers.

Certain observations: 1. In south temples the prasada is different (mainly rice). 2. The deities are avatars of same God but quiet different like venkateshwara, tirupati which are not famous in north. 3. Eating habits(religious) like non veg is mainly eaten in south and rare in north. 4. in south temples everytime someone offers prasada to God, they lit the diya and ring bells and do short aarti.

There is a vast difference b/w the festivals, even same festivals are celebrated in completely different ways.

Marriage: In north people don't marry there cousins.

Kundali matching technique and precautions also different in north/south(not sure)

There is much more then this , mainly in north tulsidasa scriptures are preferred over old Sanskrit ones I think because it's close to Hindi, where as south Indians have different languages like Kannada, Tamil etc.

Tamil and Sanskrit both claims to be oldest languages of world.

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All the differences you observe are superficial, local customs that have developed over many ages. In their essences they remain the same. See Swami Vivekananda's lectures entitled "Aryans and Tamilians" and "Reply to the Madras Address". You can read here - http://cwsv.belurmath.org/volume_4/vol_4_frame.htm - Both lectures are under the section titled "Writings: Prose". The second one, "Reply to the Madras Address" is the most relevant.

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    It is absolutely wrong to isolate only tamil or tamilians because the entire south inluding Kerala, Andhra, tamil nadu. Karnataka and some parts of maharashtra , together is considered Dravida desa mostly. Also, the our national anthem echoes the same. But, totally agree there are many locally developed customs which have developed over ages. – user808 Jun 8 '15 at 13:10
  • Infact, the vedic culture is still preserved in India only because of south India, because, north India was subjected to more foreign invasions than south India. If you look at North India, it is mostly influenced by muslim practices even in hindu rituals like marriage etc, because it was constantly under strain from muslim invasion compared to South India. – user808 Jun 8 '15 at 13:11
  • yup I agree with krishna's first comment related to dravida – Friendy Jun 8 '15 at 13:42
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The language Tamil was originally given to the people of the south by Lord Shiva himself and the Sanskrit is 100% preserved in the south and in Thailand as well.

Some of the difference in the north is due to invading Mongols, British, etc.

  • Why this answer is given down vote.? – SibiCoder Apr 16 '16 at 4:12
  • any sources for tamil given by shiva plz – Friendy May 24 '16 at 7:47

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