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However, the presence of images of Heruka and Tara indicate that Vajrayana Buddhism was (at a later time) also practiced here.Also images of Brahminist gods as Shiva and Brahma were found at the site, and there is still a Jain temple (at Chandrapuri) located very close to the Dhamekh Stupa.At the end of the 12th century Sarnath was sacked by Turkish Muslims, and the site was subsequently plundered for building materials.
Gandhara Greco-Buddhist sculpture of Gautama Buddha delivering his first sermon in the deer park at Sarnath.According to the Mahavamsa, there was a large community of monks at Isipatana in the second century B. For, we are told that at the foundation ceremony of the Mahā Thūpa in Anurādhapura, twelve thousand monks were present from Isipatana led by the Elder Dhammasena.found, at Isipatana, fifteen hundred monks studying the Hīnayāna.Alexander Cunningham found the Migadāya represented by a fine wood, covering an area of about half a mile, extending from the great tomb of Dhamekha on the north to the Chaukundi mound on the south.According to the Buddhist commentarial scriptures, all the Buddhas preach their first sermon at the Migadāya in Isipatana.
In the 7th century by the time Xuanzang visited from China, he found 30 monasteries and 3000 monks living at Sarnath.