Lord Murugan was on his way south to Tiruchendur. The six sons of sage Parasura who was performing tapas (penance) upon Tiruparankundram, namely Tatar, Anandar, Nandi, Satirmugar, Chakravani and Mali, felt the arrival of Lord Murugan in their mind's eye. They found Murugan and prostrated before Him.
Afer reaching Tiruchendur, Murugan sat upon the throne in the temple built by Devadakshan while his army cheered. Then Murugan asked Brihaspati (Jupiter) to narrate the whole story of Surapadman to him. Murugan knew the whole story of course, but he asked Brihaspati to narrate it anyways.