(‘relating to that which contains many ṛks’)

A verse of the Ṛgveda is known as a ‘ṛk.’ That in which there are a large number of such ṛks is ‘bahvṛc,’ (bahu = many) the Ṛgveda itself. Anything related to this is ‘bahvṛca.’

The word is generally used to indicate a follower of the Ṛgveda. The hotṛ priest in a sacrifice, since he represents the Ṛgveda, is also called as a bahvṛca.